Don’t ignore these pregnancy warning signs!

September 30, 2011 by

You may experience lots of weird feelings and phenomenons during your pregnancy, but if you ran off to the emergency room every time you had back pain or felt nauseated, you'd never be at home! Most of the time, weird sensations are just par for the course during pregnancy. But here are a few pregnancy symptoms that you absolutely shouldn't ignore, under any circumstance.

1. Bleeding. It goes without saying, but if you experience bleeding or spotting at any time during your pregnancy, call your doctor immediately. While this doesn't always indicate a problem, it's best to be safe and see an expert to make sure that no complications have arisen – especially if it's accompanied by cramps.

2. A decrease in fetal movement. If the little gymnast in your belly has suddenly slowed, it could be a sign that your little one isn't getting enough nutrients or enough oxygen. If you notice that your baby's activity level has significantly declined, contact your doctor right away.

3. Contractions. It's normal for many women to experience Braxton-Hicks contractions, also known as false labor, early in the third trimester. But if your cramps and contractions don't fade, you may be going into pre-term labor – in which case it's important to get to the hospital.

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