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When to seek medical advice during pregnancy

Seek medical advice straight away if you have:

  • Unusual or severe cramping or abdominal pain
  • Noticeable changes in your baby's pattern of movements
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath that seems to be getting worse
  • Signs of premature labour including:
    • Regular tightening or pain in the lower abdomen or back
    • Any bleeding, particularly in the second or third trimester
    • Fluid leak
    • Pressure in the pelvis or vagina

Also seek medical advice promptly if you have any of the following conditions during pregnancy:

  • A fever
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Severe diarrhoea
  • Fainting spells or dizziness
  • Pain, burning, or trouble urinating
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Swelling in your hands, fingers or face
  • Blurred vision or spots before your eyes
  • Sore, cracked, or bleeding nipples
  • Severe headaches
  • Pain or cramping in your arms, legs, or chest

If you aren't sure if a symptom is serious, but you just don't feel like yourself, trust your instincts and get medical advice. If there is a problem you will get prompt attention and if there isn't, you will be reassured.

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Rob Hicks on February 19, 2013

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