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First Pregnancy? 4 Issues To Talk To Your Obstetrician About

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If you're pregnant with your first child, everything might be new to you. Because of that, you might not know what to discuss with your obstetrician. There are some pregnancy-related issues that might seem commonplace. Most women will experience fatigue during their pregnancies. But, there are times when fatigue can be a sign of something serious during pregnancy. For instance, fatigue during pregnancy can be a sign of anemia. That's why it's important that you discuss any type of change with your obstetrician. If you're not sure what issues you need to discuss, read the list provided below.

Here are four changes you should talk to your obstetrician about.

Morning Sickness

If you're pregnant, you might experience morning sickness. Your morning sickness should subside after the first trimester. But, there are times when morning sickness can get more severe. If your morning sickness is so bad that you can't hold small amounts of fluids down, you need to call your obstetrician right away. You might have developed something known as hyperemesis gravidarum. Hyperemesis gravirdarum can lead to dehydration, which may require hospitalisation.

Frequent Urination

Now that you're pregnant, you might notice that you urinate more often than you used to. Frequent urination during pregnancy can be caused by excess pressure on the bladder. But, there are times when frequent urination is a sign of something more serious. If your frequent urination is accompanied by pain and burning, talk to your obstetrician. This could be a sign of a urinary tract infection.

Vaginal Discharge

If you're going through your first pregnancy, you might not be prepared for vaginal discharge. It's not uncommon to develop a light vaginal discharge throughout your pregnancy. Your vaginal discharge should be either clear or white. And, there shouldn't be any odour. If your vaginal discharge changes colour or you notice a foul odour, it's time to discuss the changes with your obstetrician. It's also important to note that you should contact your obstetrician right away if you notice a pink or red tinge to the colour of your vaginal discharge. 

Fetal Movement

If you're pregnant, you should begin feeling fetal movement sometime between the 16th and 24th weeks of pregnancy. The first movements might feel more like flutters. As your baby gets bigger, the movements will be more noticeable. As you get closer to delivery though, you might notice that the baby doesn't move as often. In most cases, that's because there isn't much room left for movement. But, if you notice a change in movement, try changing positions. If you still aren't feeling a lot of movement, call your obstetrician.