A frozen pregnancy is when the fetus stops developing. As a rule, such a misfortune overtakes about 15% of pregnant women, mainly in the first trimester. In order to identify a frozen pregnancy, you need to know its main signs.
Monitor your secretions closely. A frozen pregnancy is usually accompanied by red or brownish discharge. If at the same time nothing hurts you, you should not assume that the fetus is safe, and immediately consult a doctor. You will have an ultrasound scan, which will make it clear how the pregnancy is progressing. The main sign of a frozen pregnancy on ultrasound will be the absence of a heartbeat in the fetus.
Pay attention to toxicosis. If the toxicosis suddenly stopped, this may indicate a frozen pregnancy. This is especially noticeable when the toxicosis is pronounced, and suddenly one day everything returns to normal - you stop vomiting, vomiting stops, certain foods no longer cause special sensations (for example, stops pulling for salty or sweet). In such situations, it is better not to postpone the appointment with the gynecologist.
Pay attention to lower abdominal pain. A frozen pregnancy can be accompanied by cramping pains in this part, which from time to time become stronger and weaker. This usually means that the fetus has stopped developing and the body rejects it. Never ignore such problems and call an ambulance right away.
Check the condition of the mammary glands. With a frozen pregnancy, the sensitivity, elasticity and soreness of the mammary glands decreases, and the breast gradually returns to its previous state. If you notice that your breasts are smaller and no longer hurt, this could be a bad sign.
Measure the temperature. When the fetus freezes, the woman's body temperature rises sharply and does not subside for a long time. If you notice that the temperature has been raised for several days, go for an ultrasound scan.
Check your basal body temperature. It is measured in the rectum in the morning, immediately after sleep, and in the first four months of pregnancy is 37.2оС. With a frozen pregnancy, this value will noticeably fall or, conversely, become higher.
Watch your baby's movements. Unfortunately, a frozen pregnancy can also occur in the last months of pregnancy, when the child is already making itself felt with noticeable jerks. If you stop feeling the baby's movements and it seems to you that something is wrong, it is better to consult a doctor to rule out a frozen pregnancy.
Monitor your general condition. As a rule, with a frozen pregnancy, a woman's condition becomes worse than usual - weakness, chills, drowsiness, dizziness appear.