10 Reasons During Pregnancy to Call Your Doctor
Pregnancy is unfamiliar territory for most women and we have no idea the signs during pregnancy that should concern us.
I will never forget the packet of information I was told to read before my next appointment. It felt like I was reading a book. The problem is, no one wants to read a book.
I just want the facts and to know when I should be concerned during pregnancy!
I know all of the information provided in the book was important. Here’s a summarized version of the 10 reasons you need to call your doctor.
[Disclaimer – I am not a doctor, and I would always suggest calling when you are unsure. This is a guide for all of us worrying soon-to-be mamas!]
High fever or severe chills
Imagine when you’ve had the severe flu. If you feel like you need to medicate, take your temperature and call the doctor. I wouldn’t wait until 103 to get their advice on care.
Side note: if you are having vomiting followed
Sudden swelling of hands, feet or face
Pregnancy is naturally going to cause swelling. An example of swelling that isn’t healthy would be when you press upon swollen ankles and are slow to rebound.
This could be a simple bladder infection, but left untreated it can cause challenges. Don’t sit uncomfortably. Know you will have frequent trips to the restroom 🙂
Early in your pregnancy you might have light spotting that can trick you into thinking you aren’t pregnant and just having another period. However, past that point, call your doctor immediately.
It could be nothing, but never something you want to risk.
Lower Back Cramps
No one ever told me what contractions could feel like before labor. I had no idea. Lower back cramps that aren’t what you would identify as bending in the wrong direction or sleeping wrong are exactly what you want to look out for.
You will naturally have lower back pain unless you happened to be a cross fit Mama.
If you think you have a migraine, just call. Not only is it miserable but there is no reason to wait this one out.
After about 20 weeks you should feel your babies movement daily. (Just wait until your babies toe get stick in your rib cage, EEK!)
Some days you may feel kicking, others (early weeks) it’ll be butterfly flutters. The fun days are hiccups!
The most frequent time you will feel your baby moving is after you eat. Be aware and conscious. I typically wanted to feel my baby moving an hour after I eat. If I am not sure you’ll learn that you can massage your belly and typically get a response. Its so much fun!
Similar to lower back cramps, Vaginal Cramping can be more complicated or something just as simple as your body preparing for child birth. If its anything that concerns you or repeats, call your doctor.
When I found out I was in labor I had a combination of lower back pain and vaginal cramping that woke me every 15-30 minutes. I didn’t realize what it was until it had happened 5 times. So silly!
On the opposite side of that, I thought I was going into labor during my breastfeeding class. It could have been psychological but I had little twinges I convinced myself was contractions but the timing wasn’t consistent so I didn’t panic anyone.
Oh the IRONY! lol
Vaginal Discharge – Heavy
Towards the end of your pregnancy this could indicate your water has already broke. I didn’t know mine had broke. I remember one of the times I woke up I had to pee really bad but never did I think, oh that was my water breaking. So funny!
I felt totally unprepared for pregnancy all the way to the newborn days. Even today with a Toddler I still feel like I am treading water. Its blogs like these and fellow Mom’s that help me get through everything!
Here are some additional posts that could help you during your pregnancy!