My Guide to Pregnancy

When To Call Your Doctor
  • Your baby is moving or kicking less than usual (once he begins moving regularly). 
  • Severe or persistent abdominal pain or tenderness.
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting.
  • An increase in vaginal discharge or a change in the type of discharge — that is, if it becomes watery, mucousy, green, or bloody (even if it's only pink or blood-tinged).
  • Pelvic pressure (a feeling that your baby is pushing down), lower back pain (especially if it's a new problem for you), menstrual-like cramping or abdominal pain, or more than four contractions in an hour (even if they don't hurt) before 37 weeks.
  • Painful or burning urination, or little or no urination.
  • Severe or persistent vomiting, or any vomiting accompanied by pain or fever.
  • Chills or fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
  • Visual disturbances such as double vision, blurring, dimming, or flashing lights. **
  • Persistent or severe headache, or any headache accompanied by blurred vision, slurred speech, or numbness. **
  • Any swelling in your face or puffiness around your eyes, anything more than a little swelling in your hands, severe and sudden swelling of your feet or ankles, or a rapid weight gain (more than 4 pounds in a week).
  • A persistent or severe leg cramp or calf pain that doesn't ease up when you flex your ankle and point your toes toward your nose or when you walk around.
  • Trauma to the abdomen.**
  • Fainting, dizziness, a rapid heartbeat, or heart palpitations.**
  • Difficulty breathing, coughing up blood, or chest pain.**
  • Severe constipation accompanied by abdominal pain or severe diarrhea that lasts more than 24 hours.
  • Persistent intense itching in different areas of your body.
  • If you feel persistent leaking or a sudden gush of fluid and you suspect your water might have broken.**

** If you cannot reach your doctor, and/or you feel that you need immediate attention, call 911 and go to the hospital.

You also are invited to take advantage of Missouri Baptist's Pregnancy Assessment Center, where you can come in to be evaluated by one of our labor nurses.