Discomfort is part of the course as you near the end of your pregnancy. (Hello, lightning crotch and back pain!) But it’s important to know the difference between those normal third trimester woes and signs of potential complications, including preeclampsia, eclampsia, HELLP and complications related to heart conditions.
The big late pregnancy warning signs to watch out for are:
Vaginal leaking of amniotic fluid
Significant increase in vaginal discharge
Sudden or severe swelling in your face, hands or fingers
A severe headache or one that doesn’t go away
Pain or cramping in your lower abdomen or severe back pain
Pain or burning when you urinate or decreased urine output.
Chills or a fever
Vomiting or nausea that won’t go away
Dizziness or blurred vision
A sudden decrease in your baby’s movement
These are some of the most common warning signs that could indicate a complication. But you know your body best. If you experience something else that seems unusual or worrisome, don’t ignore it.
When should you see a doctor about warning signs and symptoms late in pregnancy?
You should call your Hospital right away, even if it’s after hours. Our doctor can help you figure out next steps based on your symptoms and health history.