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Know-how: when to call the doctor

What signs of illness or discomfort in pregnancy should you get checked out by your GP?


Posted: 5 December 2009
by ThinkBaby


Besides the common pregnancy discomforts, there are a number of pregnancy-related medical conditions that may entail a risk to your pregnancy and health and do require prompt medical attention. These include hyperemesis gravida, pre-eclampsia and miscarriage. You can read more about pregnancy-related complications and illnesses here and if you think you are displaying symptoms for any of these then don't panic, but do tell your doctor as soon as you can.

Particularly, you should call your doctor or midwife right away if you experience any of the following:

  • Severe vomiting and nausea that makes it difficult to keep anything down
  • Severe headaches and/or headaches of a kind that you haven't experienced before
  • Vision disturbances such as flashing spots or lights before your eyes
  • Swelling in the hands, feet and face, particularly when sudden
  • Pain in the upper abdomen that is sharp or severe
  • Abdominal pain or cramping that is more severe than your period cramps
  • Any vaginal bleeding
  • Very itchy skin all-over or skin rashes (these are very common in pregnancy and usually of no cause for concern but should be checked by your doctor in any case)
  • Pain with urination, particularly if experienced along with a high temperature or backache
  • Fainting
  • Significant decrease in daily fetal movement from month five onwards

Don't worry that you may be wasting your doctor's time if you feel that something isn't as it should be, it's far better to call the doctor to hear that what you're experiencing is 'normal' than it is to keep quiet about symptoms that may need attention. If in unease or doubt then pick up the phone.

If it's out of hours, or you would prefer to sound out a nurse before contacting your doctor or hospital, call NHS Direct on 0845 4647.


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i am 30 weeks pregnant with my third baby. My first baby was 8lb 4 oz my second was 11lb 4 oz and i am huge again this time round just 4 years on since my first.I am being monitered with consultant and have had a gtt test that went fine sugar levels all ok.But my worry is that i have been getting really severe pain in my much lower pelvis and finding walking very painful i am a bit over weight already and can't afford to not exercize and gain weight is this pain normal and if yes should i stop walking so much and should i tell my mid wife not due to see her 4 another 8 days? had loads of braxton hicks even spent whole day having them last week and only stopped once i went to bed.

Posted: 20/11/2007 at 12:23


Pud

You have 2 options... either phone and make and earlier appointment or phone labour ward and go and get checked out... It sounds like you may have spd, which is quite painful and walking is a nightmare.... I suffer from this and am on bedrest most of day as you are not allowed on feet longer than for 10 minutes at a time... pushing a shopping trolley and hoovering can aggrevate the problem...

if you look under the sod thread you find loads of info there... a lot of the women had to wait for doctor to refer them to physio for advice etc, but I went to labour ward and my referral came through next day and I saw her following week... I am 22+1...

I am also over weight so dont worry about that, especially if it is spd as you wont be able to do exercises any more...

On other hand it might not be spd, but still go and get checked

fingers crossed x x x x


Posted: 20/11/2007 at 12:36


Pud
Hi Cathrine, just thought I would drop you a quick line to see if you ever went to the drs or if you are feeling ok now? hope all is well x x x

Posted: 27/11/2007 at 10:52

Help im 32 weeks and have been losing a gooey discharge for days,i have loads of back pain and a really bad headache  

Posted: 06/01/2008 at 12:42

HI MY BROTHERS GIRLFRIEND FOUND OUT SHE IS PREGNANT (ABOUT 8 WEEKS) AND YESTERDAY PM SHE WAS BLEEDING

MY QUESTION IS CAN CHICKENPOX FROM HER OTHER BABY HAVE CAUSED THIS?

ANY ADVICE WELCOME THANKS X


Posted: 06/03/2008 at 12:29

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