What are the risks and red flags that I should look out for during week 9?

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Some symptoms you'll need to pay more attention to during your early months: 1. Vaginal Bleeding Some spotting is normal, but heavy bleeding could be a sign of miscarriage. Call your doctor and your doctor will likely do an ultrasound, an exam, and some blood work based on your symptoms. Though most spotting or light bleeding may not be a serious problem, you do not want to ignore it if it is associated with cramping, heavy bleeding, or abdominal pain. 2. Excessive Nausea and Vomiting It's normal to have some nausea and vomiting during your first trimester. Most pregnant women go through that.But if it's severe or makes you dehydrated, that's something to heed. If you can’t keep any water or fluids down for more than 12 hours, call your doctor. 3. High Fever A fever greater than 38 degrees Celsius during pregnancy may be serious.It could be a sign of infection, which could affect the baby. Report any fever plus upper respiratory symptoms, body ache, and flu-like symptoms or rashes and joint pain to your doctor. 4. Vaginal Discharge and Itching Some vaginal discharge is normal. If its heavy or abnormal, it could mean that there is infection and it could harm the baby. Consult your doctor to be safe. 5. Pain or Burning During Urination These can be signs of bladder or urinary tract infections, and if left untreated, they can lead to more serious illness, infection, pre-term labor, and pre-term birth. If it's an infection, treating it can relieve your pain, and help assure a healthy pregnancy. Consult your doctor to be safe. 6. Leg or Calf Pain, or Swelling on One Side/ Severe Headache This won't happen in most pregnancies. But pregnancy does mean a greater chance of developing a blood clot. A blood clot in the calf may lead to pain or swelling and can result in a blood clot that travels to the lung, which could be fatal. A blood clot in the brain may be heralded by a severe headache. There are other possible causes of bad headaches during pregnancy. If you have a history of blood clots, or if you get a severe headache, consult your doctor. 7. Flare-Ups of Chronic Diseases Women who have certain pre-existing medical conditions -- such as thyroid disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and/or lupus should note any changes in their condition during pregnancy. If your underlying disease is flaring up or not well-controlled, it can have serious consequences for your health and your baby's. Any flare in an underlying condition is a red flag and should be reported and followed up by your doctor.

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