When Should You Call Your Doctor?
How do you know whether that sudden ache is normal? Or which symptoms or warrant a 2 a.m. call to your doctor or midwife or an emergency room visit? The most urgen and frequent complications in pregnancy can be life-threatening to either you, the baby, or both and include signs and symptoms of :
- Preterm Birth
- Pulmonary or cardiac problems
- Bleeding issues
- Your baby's health
Here's a rundown of symptoms that should set off your warning bells. But even if you don't see your symptom on this list, it's better to err on the side of caution and make that call than to agonize for hours, wondering whether you've pulled a ligament or gone into preterm labor.
Which Symptoms Are Urgent?
Note that some of these symptoms may be more or less urgent depending on your particular situation or health history and on how far along you are in your pregnancy. Ask your practitioner to review with you which signs warrant an urgent call at various points in your pregnancy.
- Persistent and severe Headache (eg "thunderclap headache")
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting
- Chest pain, difficulty breathing, coughing up blood
- Decrease or significant increase in fetal movements
- An increase in vaginal discharge or a change in the type of discharge
- Abdominal pain or pelvic pressure
- Painful or burning urination, or little or no urination.
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Sudden swelling or weight increase
- Chills or fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
- Visual disturbances
- A persistent or severe leg cramp or calf pain
- Fainting, frequent dizziness, a rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations
- Persistent intense itching of your skin
- Any health problem that you'd ordinarily call your doctor about
- Check out the signs of labor so you'll know what to look for and when to call your doctor.