Pregnancy is an exciting time in a woman’s life when she prepares both physically and mentally to welcome a new child into the world. While there are often mixed emotions associated with each pregnancy — including fear, joy, and anxiousness — there also are physical symptoms that High Desert women need to be aware of.
Pregnant women in Victorville should recognize these symptoms and understand when they need to contact their doctor. At Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we aim to talk to each woman about the symptoms she may be experiencing at any given point in her pregnancy.
What are Some Serious Symptoms of Pregnancy?
Fatigue — Fatigue or tiredness is one of the first symptoms that many women will experience during pregnancy. Extreme fatigue is a common complaint among women in the first trimester, and this same symptom will return toward the end of the pregnancy. It is important to rest as much as possible when you are pregnant, as this allows you to restore your energy and feel your best.
In addition, adopt a healthy, well-balanced diet that can promote natural energy production. Avoid drinking caffeine at night, and make sure you get at least some exercise during the day. If your fatigue is combined with dizziness, shortness of breath or emotional distress, contact your OBGYN.
Breast Tenderness — From the time a woman conceives a child, her breasts will begin preparing for milk production. As hormone levels increase and milk ducts begin to form, women will find that their breasts are tender and will become swollen.
This can be uncomfortable, so women can invest in a well-sized bra for extra support. Some women find that a night-time bra also is necessary. If you notice that your breasts are leaking or that lumps have formed since you have found out you are pregnant, contact your doctor.
Vaginal Discharge — Vaginal discharge is a normal symptom of pregnancy, and most women find that it will increase as it gets closer to their due date. Women may find it to be uncomfortable, so it can help to wear light, cotton underwear as well as a panty liner.
Doctors recommend that women use non-perfumed soaps when washing in order to help prevent infection. If vaginal discharge becomes colored or begins to smell foul, you should contact your OB/GYN. This may be a sign of an infection that needs to be treated prior to the delivery of your baby.
Women should feel comfortable discussing any and all symptoms that they are experiencing with their OB/GYN. The best time to talk about these symptoms is at regular prenatal appointments, which allow the doctor to have quality, face-to-face time with the patient.
However, if a woman is concerned about something in the time period between her appointments, she should contact Dr. Ahmadinia at the office. We want all women to feel confident and secure throughout their pregnancies, and we aim to provide an open line of communication for all of our patients.