When to Call Your Healthcare Provider During Your First Trimester of Pregnancy
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have:
- A fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
- Heavy bleeding, soaking more than one pad an hour for three hours
- Unusual or severe cramping or abdominal pain
- Severe or persistent vomiting and/or 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
- One extremity swollen more than the other
- Severe headaches
- Pain or cramping in your arms, legs, or chest
Additional information about your pregnancy
During your pregnancy, you CAN:
- Dye your hair.
- Have acrylic nails applied.
- Have TB (tuberculosis) skin testing (Mantoux®) done.
- Go to a chiropractor.
- Shave your pubic hair (see additional note that follows).
- Use insect repellent (DEET).
During your pregnancy, you should NOT:
- Use alcohol, take drugs, or smoke.
- Fast during holidays.
- Go in a Jacuzzi, whirlpool, or hot tub.
- Visit a tanning bed.
- Shave pubic hair close to your delivery date; clipping is preferred.
Additional websites with educational material:
American College of Nurse-Midwives--www.midwife.org
American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG)--www.acog.org/
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)--www.cdc.gov
March of Dimes--www.marchofdimes.com
World Health Organization (WHO)-- www.who.int
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