Gynecologist advice: symptoms that should not be ignored during pregnancy

Gynecologist advice: symptoms that should not be ignored during pregnancy

Pregnancy is a normal, physiological condition, but often accompanied by discomfort and abdominal pain. In most cases, the pains are harmless, not an alarm signal for the health of the mother and the baby.

However, there are painful uterine contractions that, in combination with other symptoms, herald a spontaneous abortion or premature birth.

"The body undergoes such frequent and rapid transformations that it is difficult to realize what is normal and which can be worrying. Unfortunately, during the gestation period, a series of events may occur whose clinical interpretation may have pathological significance, true signs of alarm regarding the health of the future mother or fetus. If the patient feels that something is wrong, it is best to call the doctor, "explains Mr. Dr. Silviu Istoc, specialist doctor of obstetrics and gynecology.


To avoid complications during pregnancy that can affect both the mother and the baby, it is advisable to consider every symptom that can appear within 9 months of pregnancy.


If your body temperature has exceeded 37.5 degrees and you have no other cold symptoms, call your doctor as soon as possible. Fever is a sign of an infection present in the body, so you have to take treatment as soon as possible. More, fever in the first trimester of pregnancy it can lead to malformations.

Belly pains

"Severe and sharp pain In any part of the belly, whether or not they are accompanied by nausea, it should raise a question mark. It is true that they may be a symptom of food indigestion or intoxication, but at the same time they may signal the presence in the third quarter of an illness called eclampsia and which must be treated quickly. At the same time, the pains that appear on the sides of the belly can be signs of a premature births, of a abortion or fibroma and the specialized medical consultation is required, "says Dr. Silviu Istoc.

Blurred vision

If you see in the fog, blur, double or blinking or blinking for more than two hours continuously, contact your doctor. These signs may precede an eclampsia.

Swelling of the hands and feet

During pregnancy, limb swelling is a fairly common problem, but you need to take action when this happens suddenly and severely. In addition, if these symptoms are accompanied by headaches or vision problems, do not sit on your thoughts and contact your doctor.

Vaginal bleeding

These bleeding may occur spontaneously or caused by stress, cold, orthostatism (n.r. - the standing state) prolonged, intense physical exertion, sexual contact, etc. This symptom requires urgent presentation to the doctor at any time of pregnancy, being a sign of threat of abortion or other potentially serious complications.

Loss of amniotic fluid

"Loss of amniotic fluid requires urgent presentation to the doctor, especially if it is a premature baby. The sensation cannot be confused and is often easily distinguished from loss of urine or an abundant vaginal discharge," adds Dr Silviu Stock.

Pelvic pressure

The feeling that the baby is pushing down or the back pain (especially if it is new to you), cramps similar to menstrual cramps, more than four contractions per hour (even if they are not painful). If these symptoms appear before 37 weeks, they are considered abnormal and you should see your doctor urgently.

Back pain suddenly appeared.

Uterine contractions, whether or not accompanied by pain, which are repeated in less than 10-15 minutes and which do not improve during hydration or administration of antispastic.

Severe or persistent pain in the legs, carcass that does not disappear when you flex the foot of your ankle with your fingertips up (towards the nose) or when you walk, inflammation of one foot more than the other.

Flu exposure

"It is necessary for future mothers to know that" common "and atypical (H1N1) influenza are very risky for pregnant women. It is necessary to contact the doctor immediately if he has contacted people with the flu or if presents with flu symptoms (fever, sore throat, runny nose or secretions, fatigue, body aches and chills) ", says Dr. Istoc.

The intense food

The intense and persistent itching of the torso, arms, legs, palms and soles, or the itching sensation of the whole skin.

trauma (injuries, strokes) of the abdomen.

Difficulty breathing, coughing up blood, chest pain.

Severe constipation accompanied by abdominal pain or diarrhea lasting more than 24 hours.

Lack of baby movements

"The fact that the baby is moving less than usual during the period when the pregnant woman regularly feels her movements is a question mark. Most of the time, I recommend to the mothers to monitor the movements of the fetus by the method of counting the" strokes "and give instructions clear to them about the situations in which it is necessary to go to the hospital ”, he explains Dr. Silviu Istoc.

Whether it is doubts about the severity of the symptoms experienced by pregnancy or simply instincts, it is recommended that the future mother come to a medical consultation.

Dr. Silviu Istoc is a specialist obstetrician-gynecologist at the Medicover Hospital, within the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery. You can read more details on www.dristoc.ro and on the Facebook page: //www.facebook.com/DrSilviuIstoc

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