Call us immediately at 772-288-2992, if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Any vaginal bleeding (unless small amt. after vaginal exam)
- Swelling of hands or face
- Blurring of vision
- Severe or continuous headaches
- Abdominal pains that don’t go away with heat and rest or a bowel movement
- Fever over 100
- Persistent vomiting
- Pain or burning upon urination
- Absence of fetal movement for a 24 hour period late in pregnancy
- Sudden or slow escape of fluid from the vagina
Headache, minor pain or fever Tylenol
Constipation Metamucil, Fiberall, Citracal, Surfak, Colace
Heartburn or indigestion Tums, Mylanta, Maalox
Congestion, cold or cough Sudafed, Tylenol Sinus, Actifed, Robitussin, nasal sprays
Hemorroids Preparation H, Anusol, Nupercainal
Yeast infections Monistat
You Should prepare to leave for the hospital if your “water breaks” or when your contractions are 5 minutes apart. Always call first, so the doctor expects you. It is important to know the difference between true and false labor so you don’t run to the hospital needlessly several times. We may first see you in our office if it is during normal hours of operation.
- No “bloody show”
- Contractions are irregular and do not consistently get closer together
- Walking or changing positions relieves or stops the contractions
- No change in cervix upon exam
- Contractions are often felt in the abdomen
- “Bloody show” may be first sign
- Contractions get stronger
- Walking or changing activity doesn’t affect the intensity or frequency of the contractions
- Cervix is dilated upon exam
- Contractions usually felt in back around to the front
- Contractions come at regular intervals and get closer together
- Contractions last abour 30-70 seconds
After having a pelvic exam, some scant spotting in pregnancy is not unusual. However, if ever the bleeding is as much as a period, or if you experience bright red vaginal bleeding, either painless or with cramping, please call us at 772-288-2992
If you are having more than 5-6 contractions in an hour before 36 weeks gestation, please call us at 772-288-2992 call to report.
If you are having more than 5-6 contractions in an hour and you are over 36 weeks, please measure out 32 ounces of water and drink it within an hour, have a snack and rest. If contractions continue to come more frequently than every 5 minutes from the start of one until the start of the next, call us at 772-288-2992 to report, or if after office hours, proceed to Labor and Delivery at Martin Memorial North.
When a women’s water breaks, it is not always in a huge gush of fluid. Amniotic fluid should be clear and odorless. If you are in your last month of pregnancy and you believe your water broke, you may proceed to Labor and Delivery at Martin Memorial North and they will notify us upon your arrival. If you are not sure about trickling fluid loss, put on a pad for an hour, and if saturated after checking, call us at 772-288-2992 to report.
It is important not to walk around for several hours or days with ruptured membranes. If you are unsure, call to discuss.
After 28 weeks gestation, it is expected that you will notice increased fetal movement in the two hours after having a full meal. If you feel fewer than 10 fetal movements in 2 hours after a full meal and hydration, talking to baby, or otherwise encouraging movements, please call 772-288-2992 to report.
Hormonal changes in your body cause you to feel happy one minute then in tears the next. There are a lot of issues that tend to cause anxiety in pregnant women, such as the health of her baby, adjusting to being a mother, and the anticipation of labor pain. Most of your anxieties can be relieved by:
- Asking medical questions and discussing your worries
- If depression really gets you down, don’t hesitate to ask for help
- The key to working through depression and anxiety is to talk
- If you feel anxious, take a warm bath; keep thoughts on today’s events not tomorrow
- Make a point to get out of the house everyday, even if for a short walk
- Read books on pregnancy and child care
- Mood swings are very common in pregnancy!