Warning Signs

warning signsGoing to see your doctor, nurse or midwife regularly is the best way to get all your questions answered.

Warning Signs in Pregnancy

Prenatal care should begin as soon as you think you are pregnant. Going to see your doctor, nurse or midwife regularly is the best way to get all your questions answered but it is important to be aware of any warning signs in early and late pregnancy.

Warning Signs Early in Pregnancy (First few Months)

Call your doctor or nurse if you have: 

  • Cramps or severe belly pain
  • Spotting that lasts for more than one day
  • Bleeding that seems like a period or if you soak a sanitary pad every hour
  • Clots, bright red blood, or something that looks like tissue coming from your vagina
  • Heavy, smelly vaginal discharge
  • Faintness or dizziness
  • Painful urination
  • Throwing up so much that you cannot keep anything down

Warning Signs Later in Pregnancy

Call your doctor or nurse if you have:

  • Cramps or severe belly pain with no relief
  • Any vaginal bleeding
  • Painful urination
  • Chills or fever above 100 degrees F
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Severe or constant headache
  • Faintness or dizziness
  • Swelling in the face or hands
  • Blurred vision or spots in front of your eyes
  • Pressure in your low back, or a feeling that the baby is pushing down
  • Mild cramps with or without diarrhea
  • Contractions or hardness of your belly, more than four times in an hour, and not always painful
  • Less movement from your baby (less than 10 movements in two hours)
  • Gush or trickle of water from your vagina (“water breaks”)
  • Extreme mood swings that get in the way of your daily life

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