17 Warning Signs During Pregnancy You Should Be Cautious About

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Pregnancy can be an absolutely amazing time. 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 issues we should still be cautious and aware of potential warning signs.

Your body is growing and changing at an extremely rapid rate during pregnancy. Sometimes it can be hard 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 symptom during pregnancy is urgent can really depend on you and your health history. Be sure to talk with your doctor beforehand, so you know what to look out for. Continue reading for a list of warning signs you shouldn’t ignore.

Spotting and Bleeding

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Occasional spotting and even some light bleeding can be completely normal during pregnancy and does not always signify an urgent problem. For example, implantation bleeding can occur when the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining. Not everyone experiences implantation bleeding but if your bleeding occurs before your expected period, this could be the cause. Spotting can also be caused by an increase in estrogen and blood flow 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, that you contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

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