First Trimester Warning Signs

Those first few weeks and months of pregnancy can be a tremendously exciting and emotional time. The moment you discover you’re pregnant, you begin to plan, dream, and even worry. The fact is that there are a number of problems that can occur during the first trimester, and by knowing the warning signs you can make sure to see your health care provider and discover what might be going on.

Here are a few warning signs in the first trimester that something might be wrong:

  • Vaginal bleeding. A certain amount of spotting is fairly normal during the first trimester. However, any heavy bleeding may be a warning sign of an ectopic pregnancy or even miscarriage. This is especially true if your bleeding is accompanied by severe cramping, similar to what you’d have during your period. If you have heavy vaginal bleeding, call your health care provider. She will likely perform an exam, do some blood work, and possibly an ultrasound, based on your symptoms.
  • Severe nausea or vomiting. You’re probably going to experience morning sickness; most pregnant women do. However, if it’s so severe that you can’t keep anything down or if it interferes with your day to day activities, see your health care provider. It can lead to dehydration, which isn’t good for you or your baby.
  • Fever over 101 degrees. A high fever could be a sign of an infection, which can negatively affect your growing baby. Fever, as well as flu-like symptoms should be reported to your health care provider.
  • Pain during urination. If you have pain or burning during urination, you may have a urinary tract infection or a bladder infection. If it isn’t treated, infections can cause a number of problems, including pre-term labor.
  • Signs of a blood clot. If you have leg pain, calf pain, swelling on only one side of the body or severe headache, it can be a sign of a blood clot. Blood clots can be fatal, so if you have a history of blood clots talk to your doctor.

Keep an eye out for these warning signs and you’ll be helping yourself as well as your growing baby.

Leila Pereira
Leila Pereira
I work in occupational therapy and occupational science. I specialize in early intervention pediatrics for children from birth to three years old; with an emphasis on children with autism. My goals are to support the achievement of developmental milestones in your child while collaborating with caregivers & parents; including play skill development, education, leisure, rest and sleep, feeding, nutrition and social participation. Licensed by the California Board of Occupational Therapy

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