Published on 14 December 2023

    How can expectant mothers ensure that their babies are carried to term in a healthy manner? NUH Gynaecologist Dr Pradip Dashraath shares his advice.  

    While becoming a parent is an exciting journey, it can also be overwhelming. A pregnant woman may experience a spectrum of physical and emotional changes as her body grows rapidly over a full-term pregnancy of three trimesters, with each lasting approximately three months. 

    “Much of what a woman experiences is due to the changes that happen during pregnancy, including hormones, and the physical effects of the enlarging uterus,” explained  Dr Pradip Dashraath, Associate Consultant with the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at  National University Hospital (NUH)

    While some pregnancy signs may be uncomfortable, there’s no need to be alarmed. Dr Pradip shared that some women may experience more extreme symptoms. “Fortunately, most of these are not harmful, but they can be distressing to the mother,” he said. There are, however, some red flags to watch for. For example, any pregnancy manifestation that prevents the mother from performing her daily activities, or which appears to be worsening, must be brought to the obstetrician’s attention. 

    Other concerning signs to consult your doctor about:
    • Leaking amniotic fluid (the slightly yellowish-to-clear fluid that surrounds a developing foetus within the amniotic sac during pregnancy) 
    • Vaginal bleeding
    • Decrease in foetal movement (usually felt after 20 weeks)
    • Pain or discomfort accompanied by cloudy, foul-smelling urine that contains blood (suggesting a urinary tract infection)