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Introduction to Symptoms During Pregnancy

By Geeta K. Swamy, MD, R. Phillips Heine, MD

Symptoms that occur during pregnancy may be normal (see page Physical Changes During Pregnancy) or may indicate a problem. A problem may be related to the pregnancy or to another disorder, and evaluation by a doctor may be required. Some symptoms should always be reported immediately to a doctor. They include

  • Persistent or unusual headaches

  • Persistent nausea and vomiting

  • Dizziness

  • Vision problems

  • Pain or cramps in the lowest part of the torso (pelvic pain)

  • Contractions

  • Vaginal bleeding

  • Leakage of amniotic fluid (described as "the water breaks")

  • Swelling of the hands or feet

  • Decreased urination

  • Any illness or infection

  • Shaking (tremor) of the hands, feet, or both

  • Seizures

  • A racing heart

  • Decreased movement of the fetus

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