Know when to seek medical care during pregnancy and after giving birth

May 21, 2020

You may be uncomfortable at times during pregnancy.
Discomforts like mild back ache and feeling really tired are common and
shouldn’t make you worry. But there are other signs and symptoms, during
pregnancy and after giving birth, that may require medical attention. If you
have warning signs or symptoms of health problems and you can’t reach your
health care provider, go to the emergency room. Make sure you use a face covering,
like a face mask before you leave your home.

What are some of the
warning signs to look for during pregnancy and after giving birth?

  • Severe
    nausea and throwing up  (much more
    severe than morning sickness)
  • Vaginal
    discharge that smells bad
  • Heavy bleeding (more than your normal period or worse)
  • Intense
    feelings of sadness and worry that last for more than a few days. These
    could be a sign of depression. Depression can happen during and
    after pregnancy (also called postpartum depression or PPD ).
  • Fever
    higher than 100.4F
  • Pain
    or burning when you go the bathroom
  • Your
    baby’s movement slow down or stop
  • You
    have fluid leaking out of your vagina during pregnancy
  • Pain,
    swelling and tenderness in your legs, especially around your calves. These
    could be a sign of deep vein thrombophlebitis (also called DVT), a kind of
    blood clot.
  • Extreme
    swelling in your hands or face
  • Red
    streaks on your breasts or painful lumps in your breasts. These could be a
    sign of mastitis,
    a breast infection.
  • Severe
    pain in your lower belly that doesn’t go away
  • You
    feel extremely tired and weak
  • Severe
    headaches that won’t go away
  • Vision
  • Discharge,
    pain or redness that doesn’t go away or gets worse. These could be a sign
    of infection in your c-section incision or if you had an episiotomy.

Call your health care provider or dial 911 right away if you
have any of these signs or symptoms:

  • Bleeding
    that can’t be controlled
  • Chest
  • Trouble
  • Signs
    of shock, such as chills, clammy skin, dizziness, fainting or a racing
  • Seeing spots

If you are concern about any sign or symptom not mentioned
in this list or you simply feel something isn’t right, contact your provider.