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When to Call Your Doctor During Pregnancy

Call your health care provider right away if you have:

  • Unusual or severe cramping or abdominal pain
  • Noticeable changes in your baby's movement after 28 weeks gestation (if you don't count 10 movements in 2 hours or less)
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath that seems to be getting worse
  • Signs of premature labor including:
    -- Regular tightening or pain in the lower abdomen or back
    -- Any bleeding in the second or third trimester
    -- Fluid leak
    -- Pressure in the pelvis or vagina

Also call your health care provider if you have any of the following conditions during pregnancy:

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  • A fever over 100° Fahrenheit
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Fainting spells or dizziness
  • Pain, burning, or trouble urinating
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Swelling in your hands, fingers, or face
  • Blurred vision or spots before your eyes
  • Sore, cracked, or bleeding nipples
  • Severe headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Pain or cramping in your arms, legs, or chest

If you aren't sure if a symptom is serious, but you just don't feel like yourself, trust your instincts and call your provider. If there is a problem, you will get prompt attention. If there isn't, you will be reassured.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Mikio A. Nihira, MD on August 15, 2012

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