Pregnancy can be a completely incredible period. A time filled with joy and great expectations. We all hope to have an easy, complication-free pregnancy, but that cannot always be the case. Though a good majority of pregnancies will carry out with little to no serious concerns we should still be careful and also aware of potential signs and symptoms.

Your whole body is growing and transforming at an extremely rapid rate in pregnancy period. Sometimes it can be difficult to know if that ache, pain or new symptom is something considered “normal” or if you should be heading to the nearest emergency room. Of course, when in doubt you should always trust your instincts.

Whether or not a manifestation during pregnancy is urgent can really depend on you and your health history. Make sure to talk with your doctor beforehand, so you know what to look out for. Keep reading for a list of warning signs you shouldn’t ignore.

17- SPOTTING AND BLEEDING

Occasional spotting and even a few light bleeding can be totally normal during pregnancy and does not always signify an urgent problem. For instance, implantation bleeding can occur when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining.

Not everyone experiences implantation bleeding however if your bleeding occurs before your expected period, this could be the cause. Spotting can also be caused by an increase in estrogen and the flow of blood during pregnancy.

Although spotting and bleeding during pregnancy can be normal and is not always a cause for concern, it is not to be expected and can be abnormal. It is important if you experience any amount of change in spotting or bleeding, including sudden onset, which you contact your doctor as quickly as possible.

16- CHANGE IN MOVEMENT

You may begin feeling your baby move as early as 16 weeks of being pregnant. However, nearly all women will begin to feel consistent movement around the 18-24 week mark. If this is your first baby you will generally not feel anything until about the 20-week mark at the least. In the beginning, the movements will be sparse and sporadic, but when you begin feeling your baby move on a consistent schedule you will start to discover their movements and know what is normal.

Generally speaking, it is expected that the baby will make 10 movements within a two hour period. If your baby is moving less than normal try drinking some cold water or fruit juice and laying on your side, count your movements. If your baby is still moving less than normal, contact your doctor immediately.

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