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When to Seek Medical Diagnosis

By Lisa Morgan

There are times where it is prudent to seek out a medical diagnosis so one has the information needed to make informed decisions.

Aside from seeing the careprovider of choice (G.P, naturopath, homeopath, herbalist, etc) when one is sick and needs extra help, there are specific pregnancy-related events which should be looked into. If there are urgent concerns, hospital emergency departments are open 24/7.

Potential warning signs during pregnancy

  • Severe, persistent pain on one side in the lower abdomen, and unusual vaginal bleeding may be an ectopic pregnancy.

  • Severe headaches, swelling hands, face, eyes and visual disturbances like blurriness or flashing spots are indicators of pregnancy induced hypertension.

  • Temperature, shivering, backache that may or may not be accompanied with painful urination is likely to be an urinary tract infection.

  • Bleeding in pregnancy can be normal for some pregnancies, or be a sign of a minor disturbance such as implantation bleeding or broken capillaries in the cervix from sex. However it can be an indicator of a more serious problem such as miscarriage, placenta previa, ectopic pregnancy, or placental abruption.

  • Shoulder pain indicates internal bleeding and results from an emergency such as placental abruption, or advanced ectopic pregnancy.

  • Any concerns about decreased movements or absent of movement from the baby should be looked into. If it turns out the baby has died in-utero, it is preferable to have this diagnosis prior to a homebirth or a freebirth. Having this can minimise or prevent a fallout from birthing a stillborn at home as opposed to hospital.

  • Last of all but not least, if something doesn't feel right, always get it checked out, even if it seems minor.

 

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