Weird Pregnancy Symptoms: Can it be a Complication?

Some mothers may go through their entire pregnancy without experiencing any health issues only to find ​weird pregnancy symptoms suddenly before childbirth. The multitude of troublesome issues that arise for many mothers is a common part of the delivery process. Take the time to learn about the pregnancy complications that arise during childbirth and their causes, as well as strategies for properly handling abnormal symptoms.

Weird Pregnancy Symptoms that can be Preempted with Foreknowledge

1) Prolonged Pregnancy

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If 2 weeks pass beyond the expected birth date without any contractions, this is known as a prolonged pregnancy. The risks involved in prolonged pregnancy are as follows. After 40 weeks, there is a marked deterioration of placenta function, which poses a threat to fetal health. Unable to obtain adequate nutrients from its mother’s body, the fetus may start to convulse and the level of fetal bowel movements will increase. Fetal hypoglycemia and low body temperature are also common.

If you miss the expected birthdate, visit the hospital to check on the fetus' status and await the onset of contractions. If doctors determine that the fetus is in danger, they will carry out a C-section. If there is still the possibility of a normal birth, doctors will attempt to induce labor.

2) Premature Water-Breaking

When your water breaks, it is actually amniotic fluid flowing from the broken amniotic cells of the placenta. Under circumstances, amniotic fluid exits during contractions, when the cervix has become fully dilated. However, if your water breaks before contractions start, this is known as premature water-breaking. 1 in 5 expecting mother’s water breaks prematurely, so this is not an uncommon event. When your water breaks, it leaves the body in a slight trickle.

If your water has broken, going to the hospital should be your top priority. Do not clean yourself off. Because the broken amnion is susceptible to bacterial infection, all you should do is put on a sanitary napkin and immediately go to the hospital. In some cases, the fluid may come out in droplets without the expecting mother's knowledge. For this reason, do not neglect attending regular checkups in the later stages of pregnancy to check on the status of the amniotic fluid. Check for the presence of secretions during every trip to the bathroom.

In the hospital, delivery is carried out as soon as the water breaks. If contractions do not start, then induced labor is required. If delivery cannot be completed within 24 hours, a cesarean section will be carried out.

Sudden Complications during Delivery

3) Weak Contractions

Labor contractions play a powerful helping role in reducing the size of the uterus. When one has weak contractions, it means that the strength of uterine contractions is too slight, making smooth completion of a normal delivery very difficult. This is what it means to have weak contractions. If you are experiencing weak contractions, administer hysterotonic medicine in an attempt to strengthen contractions and promote delivery.

4) Placental Abruption

The placenta should only detach after birth. Placental abruption is when the placenta detaches beforehand. This may occur in cases of severe preeclampsia, if the pregnant mother falls down, or if the lower abdomen experiences intense trauma. If the placenta detaches before childbirth, the site where it was once in place will begin bleeding. If a high amount of blood enters the uterus, the expecting mother will become anemic and experience intense pains. If the bleeding shows no signs of stopping, because of the dangers posed, an immediate C-section must be performed. Circumstances such as these lead to high infant mortality rates. They can be fatal for mothers as well. Placental abruption differs from placenta previa, as the placenta was originally in a normal position in the former case.

5) Uterine Rupture

Uterine rupture occurs during labor when the uterus can no longer tolerate the stress of labor contractions. When this occurs, the fetus may slip out of the uterus, putting mother and child at risk. The exact causes of uterine rupture have yet to be determined, but it tends to occur when expecting mothers who have undergone C-section or other surgeries insist upon giving a natural birth. The fetus perishes in most cases of uterine rupture, and the mother's life is put at risk by excessive bleeding unless surgery is performed immediately.

6) Fetal Distress

During the latter half of the delivery, in the absence of any other abnormalities, if the fetal heartrate drops dramatically, this is known as fetal distress. This tends to occur in post mature infants, mothers with preeclampsia or in cases of extended labor. When fetal distress occurs, the mother must inhale oxygen to bring enough to the fetus. A C-section accompanied by oxygen inhalation is necessary to deliver the newborn. There is no need to worry if the symptoms are mild and the fetus continues to breathe regularly.

There are cases wherein weird pregnancy symptoms are easily detected but sometimes not. The key is to go to the hospital for a checkup if you notice anything unusual.

Sandra Henderson

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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