When it comes to the health of you and your baby, listen to your body.
It's normal to become extra sensitive to our bodies' feelings when we're pregnant. When a bad case of the flu feels more like a pregnancy-related complication, panic is a natural reaction. How can you tell the difference? Let's talk about which signs are red flags that require help.
The number one rule is to follow your instincts. If you feel "off" seek your physician's advice as soon as possible or, if you suspect an emergency, don't hesitate to call 911. Emergency professionals are there for you at any time. You're not inconveniencing anyone or being bothersome by seeking help, even if your symptoms turn out to be harmless.
Schedule an appointment if you encounter:
- Vision problems
- Diarrhea that continues for over 24 hours
- Cramps that feel like you have your period, abdominal or pelvic pressure
- Notable abdominal discomfort that continues for over 24 hours
- Flu symptoms or symptoms of communicable disease like rubella, chicken pox or any other infection
- Less fetal kicking than usual
- Lower back pain
- Pain when you urinate
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Unusual or pervasive itching
- Frequent leg cramps
- Swelling in your face or extremities
Seek immediate care if you experience:
- A blow to the abdomen
- Any severe abdominal pain
- Any significant difficulty in breathing such as shortness of breath
- Unexplainable dizziness or disorientation
- Severe or continuous vomiting, especially if paired with fever or other pains
- Severe or continuous headache, especially if paired with speech or vision problems
- A fever over 100°F
- Chest pain
- Coughing up blood
When in doubt, call your obstetrician or midwife to get the answers you need. Denton Regional Medical Center is prepared to address any health concerns you may have. Our Women's Center offers state-of-the-art care for you and your baby. To find a physician or to schedule an appointment, please call 1-855-477-DRMC (3762).