Pregnancy Warning Signs

Warning Signs

If you experience any of these warning signs while you are pregnant, please call our office.

  • Bright red vaginal bleeding like a menses
  • Leaking of bag of water (sudden gush)
  • Dim or blurred vision or flashing bright lights or spots
  • Bad headache, dizziness, chills, fever, and swelling of face or body
  • Pain when passing urine

You should also be aware of the signs of possible pre-term labor. This is labor that starts before the 37th week of pregnancy. Babies born early may have breathing problems and may need to stay in the hospital for extra days or weeks. The earlier the baby is born, the greater the likelihood that the baby will have problems. If you know what to look for, you will be able to tell if premature labor is happening to you and you can get help. Pre-term labor may be stopped if early signs are reported to your doctor or clinic.

Premature Labor Signs

  • Contractions of uterus that are 10 minutes apart or closer (may be painless).
  • Contractions feel like the baby is “balling up.”
  • Increase or change in vaginal discharge (watery or with mucous or blood)
  • Low, dull backache that comes and goes or doesn’t go away
  • Pressure that feels like the baby is pushing down and that comes and goes

If you have any of the signs of preterm labor, lie down and check for contractions. While resting, try to drink two or three glasses or water or juice. If your symptoms of preterm labor do not go away in one hour or if you have five or more contractions in one hour, call your doctor, clinic, or hospital emergency room. And remember, if you have any of the warning signs listed at the top of this page, call your doctor or nurse or go to the emergency room immediately.