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When to Call Your Health Care Provider During Pregnancy

(Also Called 'When to Call Your Health Care Provider During Pregnancy - Care & Treatment')

Call your health care provider right away if you have:

  • Unusual or severe cramping or abdominal pain
  • Noticeable changes such as a decrease in your baby’s movement after 28 weeks gestation (if you don’t count 10 movements in two 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 during pregnancy:

  • A fever over 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Severe diarrhea
  • Fainting spells or dizziness
  • Pain, burning, or trouble urinating
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • 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

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This information is provided by the Cleveland Clinic and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition. This document was last reviewed on: 8/22/2011...#9699