Be alert to these symptoms and know when you should see your doctor to help ease your mind.

Now that you're in week 7 of your pregnancy, you should start to pay attention to the changes happening to your body. While some symptoms are normal during the first three months of your pregnancy, they might also be signs that you should see your doctor. Knowing what to look out for will help you care for your pregnancy and your baby better.

Do note that it's important not to self-diagnose.
Communicate with your partner about how you're feeling so he can watch out for you and the baby.

1. Severe vomiting

Morning sickness is a common pregnancy complaint, especially in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. However, excessive nausea can cause you to be malnourished and dehydrated, which may affect the growth of your little one. If you cannot keep any food or drink down for more than 12 hours, and feel dizzy or faint when you stand up, it's time to call the doctor.

How your doctor can help: He can prescribe medication to help you manage nausea better and also check if your diet is the likely cause of the nausea. In cases of severe dehydration, you may need to be put on a drip for a short period of time — at least until you feel better.

2. Vaginal bleeding

Light bleeding or spotting early in your pregnancy is common. However, it may not necessarily be normal. Even if the bleeding stops, it's a good idea to consult your doctor.

How your doctor can help: Your doctor may conduct a few tests, such as an ultrasound scan, to ensure that everything is fine.

3. Abdominal pain

Abdominal discomfort and cramps are common in pregnancy. However, if the pain is severe and persistent, you should see your doctor. Other symptoms to watch out for include fever, chills, nausea, spotting and discomfort when urinating.

How your doctor can help: Your doctor will be able to assess you and your baby after a consultation.

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By Associate Professor TAN Thiam Chye Head & Senior Consultant, Dr TAN Shu Qi Senior O&G Resident, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, KK Women's and Children's Hospital

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