Possible Signs a Pregnancy is in Trouble
A woman’s body will surprise, dismay, amaze, and sometimes worry her throughout pregnancy. Many of these changes are normal during a healthy pregnancy. However, in some cases they are a sign of a larger issue. Only your health care provider can provide the thorough examination needed to determine the source of your symptoms.
Call your obstetrician or 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Contractions (abdomen tightens like a fist) lasting longer than 30 seconds every 10 minutes or more often.
- Vaginal Bleeding equal to or more than you experience during a regular period.
- Rupture of membranes (water) breaking may be a gush of fluid, or a trickle of fluid from your vagina that you cannot control. Note the time and color of the fluid and call your provider.
- Pelvic Pressure - a feeling like your baby is pushing down that is different from what you have been experiencing this pregnancy.
- Low, dull backache that is not relieved by a position change.
- Cramps that feel like your period or severe gas pains.
- Fetal movement has decreased or stopped - count the number of kicks, twists and turns you feel. If you experience a decrease or absence of fetal movement, drink a 12-ounce glass of water or juice, change your position and count the number of fetal movements you feel in one hour. Call you doctor right away if you count fewer than 10 kicks in 4 hours.
- If you have high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease, make sure you are monitored regularly. Follow your health care provider’s advice and take medications as directed. Call your provider if you have concerns.
If you are instructed to go to the ER by your physician, please notify the ER provider upon arrival that you are scheduled to deliver at Medical City Dallas due to your baby’s condition. Please have the ER call the OB Hospitalist at Medical City - Women’s to begin coordinating a maternal transfer at
A pregnant woman is in tune with her body, and that instinct should not be ignored. If something does not seem right to you, consult your doctor.