5 Signs It's Time To Visit An OB

Posted on: 13 October 2021


Pregnancy is one of the most invigorating things that can happen to a person. Finding out that you are expecting a baby is a wonderful moment in your life. You are growing another human being with your body, but it's also essential to know the proper steps to take. It's vital to keep an eye on what happens during pregnancy to keep yourself in good health.

There are a wide variety of health concerns that can arise in pregnancy, and if they do, you need to see a doctor right away. Compiled below is a list of five signs you might have a problem with your pregnancy. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, it would be wise to contact an OB immediately.

1. Heavy Bleeding

Heavy bleeding during pregnancy can mean anything, from a subchorionic hemorrhage to placenta previa, the leading cause of maternal death due to obstetric complications among pregnant teenagers.

Heavy vaginal bleeding could also indicate Hypertension (high blood pressure) or Pre-eclampsia (toxemia), which can be life-threatening for you and your baby if not treated immediately. So, seek OB care right away if this occurs.

2. Sharp Abdominal Pain

Chances are you have experienced some discomfort during pregnancy, but sharp abdominal pain that comes on suddenly is never normal and requires obstetrician attention to rule out other severe conditions, such as ectopic pregnancy. 

3. Constant Fatigue, No Matter How Much Sleep You Get

If you are having a hard time sustaining your usual energy levels, it may be because of the pregnancy. If you are feeling continuously exhausted, this is a sign that you may need to see an OB today.

For example, if you are constantly falling asleep during the day or have disturbing dreams, this could be because of your pregnancy. That said, it is paramount to remember that these feelings typically get worse before they get better.

4. Headache

A headache during pregnancy could result from an obstetric complication, such as preeclampsia, or it may be related to stress, dehydration, hunger, sleep deprivation, or other causes. In any case, head pain that affects balance and coordination should receive OB attention to rule out other complications.

5. Genital Tract Infection

An OB will be able to properly diagnose and treat a genital tract infection. They will also monitor you for future infections and advise proper treatments to avoid complications, such as premature labor.

The Bottom Line

It's worth noting that it is normal to have some of these symptoms during your pregnancy. If you are experiencing more than usual of any of these signs, you may need to seek OB care today. Your obstetrician will work with you through the entire pregnancy, from initial care to delivery and beyond.