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What Are The Signs Of An Abnormal Pregnancy?

With tons of changes going in the body of a woman during her pregnancy period, most of the would-be mothers tend to overlook any new discomfort by perceiving that such odd feelings are normal at the time of expecting babies. However, the fact is that even few of the symptoms are par for the pregnancy period, but others cause an alarm for women.

What Are The Signs Of An Abnormal Pregnancy?

What Are The Signs Of An Abnormal Pregnancy?

Now, the question that strikes in the mind is that what symptoms at the time of pregnancy require immediate medical attention and other symptoms, which may wait up to the next appointment with your gynecologist? For this, it is essential for you to stay aware with warning signs of any abnormal pregnancy.

Heavy Bleeding And Severe Abdominal Pain

Heavy bleeding and severe abdominal pain may be a sign of abnormal pregnancy. Bleeding indicates different things during the entire pregnancy period. If you bleed heavily and experience severe pain in your abdominal area and muscle cramps similar to menstrual camps or feeling as you are fainting during your initial 3 months pregnancy period, it may indicate you an ectopic type of pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancy takes place whenever the fertilized egg implants at any other place than your uterus and it is a life-threatening one.

Heavy bleeding with muscle cramps may even indicate miscarriage during the initial trimester or at the beginning of second trimester. In contrast, heavy bleeding combined with cramp/abdominal pain during third trimester indicates placental abruption and it takes place when the placenta separates from your lining of the uterine. Regardless the trimester of your pregnancy period and heavy or minor bleed, bleeding is a serious condition and hence, it requires immediate medical attention.

Contractions During The Commence Of Your Third Trimester

Contractions may be a warning sign related to preterm labor of a woman. However, most of the moms confuse between false labor and true labor. For this, experts said that false labor contractions are of non-rhythmic and unpredictable ones, while they never increase in terms of intensity. Instead, these contractions subside with hydration and within only in one hour. On the other side, if we talk about regular contractions, they are approximately 10 minutes or even less apart and increase in terms of intensity. Thus, if you experience contractions in the third trimester, you should consult with your doctor immediately. If the true labor is too early for the birth of your baby, your doctor may stop the labor.

Severe Vomiting And Nausea

Both vomiting and nausea to some extent is common when you are pregnant (regardless of your trimester). However, if either or both of these problems become severe, it may be a warning sign related to your abnormal pregnancy and sometimes involves serious results. Especially, if your nausea reaches to such a level that you are unable to drink or eat anything, you are at a risk of dehydration and malnutrition, which not only harm you, but also to your baby. Thus, to avoid any adverse situation, you should simply contact with your gynecologist and nutritionist immediately. Your doctor may recommend changes specific medicines to deal with your condition and advise you to change in your existing diet plan.

Abdominal Pain, Headache, Swelling And Visual Disturbances

Signs of abdominal pain, persistent level of severe headache, swelling and visual disturbances indicate a warning sign related to preeclampsia. According to gynecologists, preeclampsia is a serious pregnancy condition and sometimes, it becomes fatal. You may mark this disorder with your hypertension/high blood pressure problem and excessive protein in the urine, which typically takes place after your 20th week of the pregnancy period. To deal with this problem, efficiently, you have to consult with your doctor immediately and undergo blood pressure checkup. You should keep in mind that proper prenatal care has a prime role to detect preeclampsia in advance.


To conclude, we should say that in most of the cases, pregnant women might avoid complications associated with their pregnancy and the delivery of the new baby. For this, one should check warning signs properly and avoid further problems.


  1. Mayo Clinic. (2021). Pregnancy Week by Week. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/expert-answers/ectopic-pregnancy/faq-20395268
  2. American Pregnancy Association. (2021). Preeclampsia: Symptoms, Risks, and Treatment. https://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-complications/preeclampsia/
  3. Cleveland Clinic. (2021). 5 Signs of Preterm Labor. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/5-signs-of-preterm-labor-what-you-need-to-know/

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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:August 3, 2023

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