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Calling Your Physician
Please call if you have:
- Blood or fluid coming from your vagina
- Sudden or extreme swelling of your face or fingers
- Headaches that are severe or won't go away with Tylenol
- Severe nausea and vomiting that won't go away. "Severe" means vomiting numerous times during the day and being unable to keep any food or liquid in your stomach.
- Dim or blurry vision
- Pain or cramps in your lower abdomen
- Chills or fever greater than 100.4° F
- Pain, burning or urgency when you urinate. Urgency is when you feel as though you need to urinate, but are unable to do so, or can urinate only a little when you reach the bathroom.
- Decreased fetal movement after you have begun to feel the baby move on a daily basis. Decreased movement is any change that you notice in the amount of the baby's activity. Generally we expect that you should feel 10 movements in one hour's time, but this varies from baby to baby.
- Contractions before you reach your 37th week of pregnancy that occur 5-10 minutes apart and last for an hour and do not stop when you rest. Some women feel discomfort in their back; others feel menstrual-like cramping in their lower abdomen while some simply feel a tightening sensation spreading from their back and across their midline. Discomfort of contractions is intermittent, it comes and goes. During a contraction you will feel your uterus tighten up and harden.
Last Updated: 10/25/2013