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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')

(1-12 weeks)

Call your health care 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)

During your pregnancy you CANNOT:

  • 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--/
American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG)
Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
March of
Parenting Connection
World Health Organization (WHO)


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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: 7/13/2015...#9699