While pregnancy brings happiness and joy, it also comes with certain risk factors as well. While nausea, fatigue, and frequent urination are considered common, it’s not necessary that every mum-to-be will experience them all.

Here are some warning signs that indicate a pregnancy is perhaps not progressing well as it should be. However, it may not be anything serious, but it’s worth knowing and seeking medical advice.

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1. You’re experience swelling.

1. You're experience swelling.

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Though every mum-to-be would expect some amount of swelling and puffiness. Medical professionals warn to keep a close eye on your face and hands in particular as these areas could be a sign of preeclampsia or toxemia. The same also applies to ankles and feet. So, if you notice a swelling has suddenly come on, make sure to talk to your doctor about it.

2. Your baby is moving less.

2. Your baby is moving less.

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Well, you should start to feel your baby move between 16 and 24 weeks. It’s actually at 24 weeks that you will notice your baby’s movements get stronger, though you can expect your baby to get pretty calm at night. However, if you notice these movements getting noticeably less, you need to be telling your doctor about it.

3. You’re bleeding or spotting.

3. You're bleeding or spotting.

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While some light bleeding is normal during pregnancy, a woman could pass clots or blood with a more ‘stringy’ consistency or it could be just spotting. However, bleeding can be a sign of miscarriage, placenta previa or placental abruption. So, should you notice any blood, contact your doctor or midwife immediately.

4. You’re experiencing pain.

4. You're experiencing pain.

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Pain is also something to watch out for. Should you experience constant, severe pain that comes with bloody or any other symptoms, make sure to contact your doctor to rule out miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or cysts causing your abdominal pain.

5. You run a fever.

5. You run a fever.

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Fever is another sign to look out for. Though fever isn’t uncommon during pregnancy, if it lasts longer than 24 to 36 hours, see your doctor. If pain is also accompained by a temperature, you should be visiting your doctor as it could be a sign of pneumonia, listeria or a kidney infection.

6. Severe nausea and vomiting.

6. Severe nausea and vomiting.

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Nausea and vomiting are common during pregnancy. But if it gets too severe and you can’t eat or drink anything, you can run the risk of getting dehydrated. Being malnourished and dehydrated can harm your baby. Your doctor may prescribe medication or advise changing your diet.

7. Having contractions early in the third trimester.

7. Having contractions early in the third trimester.

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First-time moms may confuse true labor and false labor. False labor is unpredictable, non-rhythmic and does not increase with intensity, it will subside within an hour or with hydration.However, regular contractions are about 10 minutes apart or less and increase in intensity. So, if you’re in your third trimester and think you’re having contractions, make sure to call your doctor immediately.

8. Water breaks.

8. Water breaks.

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If you feel a flood of water rush down your legs ‘your water could have broken’. During pregnancy the enlarged uterus can put pressure on your bladder too, so sometimes it could be urine leakage. If you’re not sure, go to the bathroom and empty your bladder, if the fluid continues, then your water has broken. So, it’s important you call your doctor or go to the hospital.

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