Danger Signs Danger signs during pregnancy are symptoms that indicate a possibility that may arise during pregnancy, delivery, or postdelivery. They may be warning signs of a complication such as preterm labor or infection. Danger signs can also indicate a problem with the mother’s health.
Danger signs should be reported to a healthcare provider immediately. Some danger signs, such as vaginal bleeding, can be a sign of a serious problem. Other danger signs, such as fatigue, may not be as serious but can still indicate a problem.
Danger signs can vary from woman to woman. They may also change throughout the course of a pregnancy. It is important to know what danger signs to look for and to report any changes to a healthcare provider.
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The following are danger signs during pregnancy:
- Vaginal bleeding
- Fluid leaking from the vagina
- Severe abdominal pain
- Back pain
- Shortness of breath
- Dizziness or fainting
- Severe headache
- Changes in vision
- Swelling of the hands, feet, or face
- Decreased urine output
- Persistent nausea or vomiting
Recognizing these danger signs is important for both the mother and baby’s safety. If you experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.
Danger Signs vs. Warning Signs
Danger signs are often confused with warning signs, but they are different. Warning signs during pregnancy are less serious than danger signs and usually indicate a need to see a healthcare provider. Warning signs may or may not progress to danger signs.
The following are warning signs during pregnancy:
- Vaginal discharge
- Blurry vision
- Mild abdominal pain
- Mild headache
- Slight swelling of the hands, feet, or face
- Tiredness or fatigue
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