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Danger Signs in Pregnancy

March 6, 2022

Danger signs are indicators of an impending complication that is life-threatening thus needs urgent attention.

  • Vaginal bleeding/spotting.
  • Severe abdominal pains.
  • Severe headaches.
  • Dizziness, Blurring of vision.
  • Sudden release of water from the vagina.
  • No/reduced fetal movement.
  • Unusual swelling of legs, arms or face.
  • Convulsions/loss of consciousness.


What to do in case of any of the danger signs?

One should seek medical help as soon as they experience any of the above signs. For example, by visiting the nearest health facility.

Should one use over the counter medications or home remedies to relieve the signs?

No.One should not take over the counter medications or use home remedies in case they experience any of the danger signs.

Should one wait until the next clinic date/day to go to hospital after experiencing any of the danger signs?

No.One should seek immediate medical help by visiting the nearest health facility rather than waiting for the next Clinic day/date.

Why should one be keen/aware of the danger signs to look out for?

To enable one make the right decisions and take appropriate healthcare seeking actions by visiting the nearest health facility.

What can the danger signs result into if timely medical help is not sought?

The danger signs are an indication of an impending complication in pregnancy that could threaten the life of the baby, mother or both. Thus delay in seeking medical help can endanger the lives of the mother and baby.

Do danger signs occur at a particular period of the pregnancy?

No. Danger signs are unpredictable and can occur at any period during the pregnancy.

Does every woman experience the danger signs during pregnancy?

No, every pregnancy is unique; Some may, others may not experience any of the signs.

However, every pregnant woman should be aware of the danger signs.