Vision problems such as blurring or flashing lights in your eyes could be caused by:
- a migraine
- pregnancy induced hypertension (high blood pressure in pregnancy). This is a type of high blood pressure that develops after 20 weeks and goes away within 6 weeks of the baby's birth. It’s also known as gestational high blood pressure or gestational hypertension.
- water retention, which may affect the front of your eyes and change your vision slightly
- a sudden increase in swelling in your face, hands or feet
- a very bad headache or a dull headache that won’t go away
- severe pain just below your ribs
- feeling sick or vomiting
- feeling unwell.
Read more about pre-eclampsia.
If you have any vision problems – even if you don’t have any other symptoms – call your midwife or hospital maternity unit straight away.
Having more vaginal discharge during pregnancy is common, but speak to your midwife or doctor if you are unsure about any increase or change in your vaginal discharge.
Swelling or puffiness of your hands and feet is common in late pregnancy.
Some itching around the stomach is normal as your skin is stretching around your growing baby.
A growing bump is the sign of a growing baby. Your midwife should start measuring your baby from 24 weeks to make sure they are growing well.
If you feel your midwife isn’t listening to you, you can ask to see another member of the team.
If you feel that something is wrong, or if you are worried about the baby, call your midwife or doctor to talk about it.
If you have a painful or burning sensation when you wee (urinate), you may have a urinary tract infection (UTI)
Mild headaches can be caused by hormones and are common in pregnancy.
If your temperature is above 37.5 degrees Celsius, even with no other flu or cold symptoms, call your doctor or hospital maternity unit.
Stomach bugs are common in pregnancy. It is very unlikely that your baby will be harmed from a bug lasting less than 48 hours.
Fetal movements can be anything from a flutter, kick, swish or roll. Feeling your baby move is a sign that they are well.
If you have any bleeding during your pregnancy, with or without pain, it’s very important to get it checked out.
NICE (2011) Hypertension in pregnancy: diagnosis and management. Clinical Guideline 107, London https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-ng10083
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