Over the course of a pregnancy, your partner, significant other, baby mama, whatever you want to call her – will experience a plethora of bodily changes. If this is your first child, just about everything will come as a shock or surprise. Even the smallest changes in the body may cause you to worry about the health of the baby. Here are five common pregnancy symptoms you need to know about (and what to do if your partner does begin to experience these symptoms).
Seeing blood during a pregnancy is enough to freak you both out. Usually, this is a response to hormonal imbalances and isn’t a big deal, especially if you’ve recently engaged in sexual intercourse. More often than not this just means the cervix has become irritated. However, vaginal bleeding can also be a sign of something far more serious, such as a placental abruption or miscarriage, so make sure to contact your medical professional. In this instance, it’s always best to err on the side of caution.
Swollen Face and Hands
Just about everything gets bigger during pregnancy. Some people swell more than others, and even some pregnancies might cause less or more swelling. However, make sure to watch your face and hands. Swelling of these areas may indicate PIH or pregnancy-induced hypertension. This kind of swelling comes suddenly, so check with your medical professional. Monitoring PIH is important for the mother’s and baby’s health.
Weight gain will naturally occur, however, it’s a gradual process as the pregnancy progresses. If weight gain comes rapidly (more than 2kg in a week), especially earlier in the pregnancy, it may be signs of preeclampsia. Even if she doesn’t want to look down at the scale, you should take notes and suggest seeing the doctor in the event of rapid weight gain.
Some abdominal pains are normal. Your significant other does have something growing in her belly, so that is to be expected. However, if the pain becomes severe and comes with bleeding, it may indicate a miscarriage, cyst or ectopic pregnancy. So if severe abdominal pains occur, contact your doctor.
Itching during pregnancy is a normal symptom, but excessive itching could lead to a rash. Full-body itching may also indicate other health conditions, so consult your doctor if this happens.
In order to ensure a healthy pregnancy, it is important to remain mindful of what is happening. The female body is in almost constant change, so shifts in her mood and how she feels are as predictable as the baby itself! Do your research on pregnancy symptoms to ensure you’re both cool, calm and collected, but never be afraid to consult a doctor.