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Emergency Situations during Pregnancy

If you have any of the following symptoms, you need to call your doctor or 911 immediately.

  • Heavy bleeding from your vagina, enough to soak through a sanitary napkin
  • A lot of fluid, similar to water, coming out of your vagina
  • 102+ degree fever and chills
  • Blood coming up when you cough
  • Quickly gaining weight (more than 2 pound in a day) or unexpected swelling in hands and face with an extreme headache and difficulty with your vision (seeing blurry or seeing flashing lights)
  • Intense pain at the top of your belly, with or without vomiting, nausea, or bleeding
  • If you’re over 28 weeks pregnant and can’t feel you baby move for over 6 hours, drink 2 big glasses of juice, and lie on your side for an hour. If you still don’t feel movement, call the doctor or immediately go to the hospital.

If you have any of these symptoms, call your doctor.

  • Light bleeding from your vagina
  • Pain in your lower belly that does not get better
  • Blood coming from your nipples, rear (also known as rectum), or while you pee
  • Hands and face swelling or puffiness
  • Intense headache that does not go away for 2-3 hours
  • You feel thirsty all the time, but you don’t pee much or at all for a whole day
  • If you’re over 24 weeks pregnant, and you cannot feel your baby move for 24 hours
  • Itching all over your body, with or without pale poop, eyes look yellowish, or dark pee.
  • You fainted or feel dizzy.
  • Over 100 degree fever and chill, and no other signs of cold or flu.

If you have any of these symptoms, you may be in premature labor, call your doctor immediately.

  • Belly tightens up like a fist (could be contractions) every 10 minutes or more frequently
  • Feeling like your baby is pushing down on your pelvis
  • Backache that’s dull and low on your back
  • Cramps in your belly with or without diarrhea
  • Leaking fluid of bleeding from your vagina
  • Cramps that are like getting your period

Your doctor may give you more emergency symptoms to look out for during your pregnancy. Make sure to write them down somewhere you can easily find them.


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