When to Call Your Healthcare Provider During Your First Trimester of Pregnancy


(1-12 weeks)

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

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/01/2018.


  • Women’s Health.gov. Staying Healthy and Safe. (https://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/youre-pregnant-now-what/staying-healthy-and-safe) Accessed 7/30/2018.
  • Healthfinder.gov. Have a Healthy Pregnancy (http://healthfinder.gov/HealthTopics/Category/pregnancy/doctor-and-midwife-visits/have-a-healthy-pregnancy) Accessed 7/30/2018.

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