First trimester warning signs

OBGYN Shamsah Amersi, MD, explains the warning signs during the first trimester of pregnancy that indicate that you should contact your doctor
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First trimester warning signs

During the first trimester it is important to contact your doctor if you experience any type of vaginal bleeding. The more red in color the blood is, the more significant it is. In addition, if your bleeding is accompanied by pelvic or abdominal pain, you need to contact your doctor. This could be a sign of either an early miscarriage, a threatened miscarriage or even possibly something far more dangerous, such as an ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy in the fallopian tubes. If you have severe nausea and vomiting and you can’t keep anything down, you feel dizzy or light headed, you need to contact your doctor as you may need hospitalization and IV fluid hydration. If you have burning on your urination, this could manifest as a bladder infection. And if untreated, this can lead to significant complications with your pregnancy. Finally, if you’re having any type of unusual vaginal discharge or fevers, you should also contact your doctor to be ruled out for sexually transmitted diseases and infection that could affect the health of your baby.

OBGYN Shamsah Amersi, MD, explains the warning signs during the first trimester of pregnancy that indicate that you should contact your doctor


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Shamsah Amersi, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Shamsah Amersi, MD is a preeminent Board Certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree in psychobiology from UCLA, where she graduated summa cum laude, with Phi Beta Kappa membership. At the prestigious, UC San Francisco medical school, Dr. Amersi graduated with top honors, and was recognized as a distinguished member of alpha omega alpha, an honor society for the top 5% of all medical doctors.

Dr. Amersi has received numerous professional and academic awards, including the University of California Distinguished Scholar Award for four consecutive years, an endowed merit scholarship, and the UCLA Alumni Association Achievement Award for four consecutive years. Through her private practice in Santa Monica, CA, Dr. Amersi is the personal physician to several Hollywood A-list celebrities. Dr. Amersi has been in private practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist for over ten years. She specializes in natural child birth, offers VBACs to her patients, and focuses on natural conservative treatment options, minimally invasive surgery, and bioidentical hormone replacement. Her favorite part of her job is delivering babies and sharing this intimate journey with her patients. She provides comprehensive compassionate care for all phases of a woman's life from adolescence through menopause.  Her special interest in female sexuality, libido and the effects of childbirth on pelvic prolapse has led to Dr. Amersi's renowned expertise in these fields. She performs both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for pelvic prolapse and vaginal relaxation.


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