What should I do?

  Signs of Pre-term Labor (labor before 37 weeks):

  • 4 or more contractions per hour
  • Low, dull backache
  • Menstrual-like cramps
  • Intestinal cramps or diarrhea
  • Unusual pressure in the pelvis, lower back, abdomen, or thighs
  • Water or large amounts of mucus leaking from the vagina
  • Red, pink, or brown vaginal discharge

Complications in Pregnancy

Signs of Pre-Eclampsia:

  • Persistent/sever headaches
  • Excessive dizziness
  • Excessive swelling
  • Sudden, rapid weight gain
  • Protein in urine
  • Increased blood pressure

Actions if Pre-Term Labor Occurs:

  • STOP what you are doing
  • Empty your bladder
  • Drink 4 glasses of water (32 ounces)
  • Lie down on left side for 1 hour
  • Feel contractions (uterus feels firm like your forehead)
  • Call your doctor or the hospital

What should I do?

It can sometimes be hard to distinguish between the normal "aches and pains" of pregnancy and symptoms to be concerned about. The following information can help you decide when you should contact your healthcare provider.  As a rule of thumb, when in doubt, CALL!

Call Doctor Immediately! You should also notify your doctor if you experience the following:

  • Vaginal bleeding like a menstrual period
  • Bag of water breaks
  • Uterus contracts 4 or more times per hour before 37 weeks
  • Any instinct or "signal" concerning you or your baby​

What should I do?

Signs of Placenta or Baby Problems:

  • Sharp, persistent abdominal pain
  • Bleeding from the vagina
  • Decreased baby movements-- less than 10 movements in 12 hours after the 5th month of pregnancy
  • Sudden increase in baby's movement
  • Change in usual pattern of baby's movement