When to Call Your Doctor

Warning signs of preterm labor. It may be possible to stave off preterm labor if you and your doctor or midwife act quickly. Be on the lookout for:

Contractions, especially if they continue after you rest and drink water
Vaginal bleeding
Unusual pain in your belly
Fluid leaking or gushing from your vagina
Trouble breathing. Breathing conditions such as asthma can be more serious when you’re pregnant. If you have asthma, always carry your inhaler. Phone your doctor or midwife if you have:
Lightheadedness or feeling like you might faint
Chest pain
Heart pounding

Rapid heartbeat Less movement from your baby. After 28 weeks, you should be able to count at least 10 movements in 2 hours while you are resting.

Severe or long-lasting headache. A headache should go away after rest (and Tylenol if rest alone doesn’t work). In rare cases, a headache could be a sign of preeclampsia, which is a more serious type of gestational hypertension (pregnancy-related high blood pressure).

Painful or swollen calves. Pregnancy, water retention, and swelling go together. However, swollen, red, and tender calves could be the sign of a blood clot. Your doctor or midwife needs to know immediately