Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Pregnancy Symptoms You Should Not Ignore

        Health | Pregnancy Complications

While most pregnancies go smoothly, some become complicated. A woman's body goes through a range of changes during pregnancy, and it's sometimes hard to know what's worth worrying about. Contact your obstetrician immediately if you suffer from:

  • Bleeding or leaking fluid from the vagina
  • Vaginal itching
  • Genital sores or warts
  • Blurry or impaired vision
  • Unusual or severe abdominal or back pain
  • Frequent, severe, or continuous headaches
  • Contractions
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive vomiting and diarrhea
  • Fever over 101 degrees
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Strong cramps
  • Swelling of the face, fingers, and feet
  • Persistent chills
  • Inability to tolerate foods or liquids
  • Muscular convulsions
  • Sudden weight gain of more than two pounds within one day
  • Fainting
  • Increased thirst with decreased urination

Sources: Planned Parenthood; Minnesota Women's Health Consortium; Loyola University Health System; University of California at Irvine Medical Group

The information on this Web site is designed for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for informed medical advice or care. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health problems or illnesses without consulting your pediatrician or family doctor. Please consult a doctor with any questions or concerns you might have regarding your or your child's condition.

Content courtesy of American Baby