Some women experienced health complications when pregnant, and is a common fear for many women.  This purpose of this list is to have a cheat sheet for when to reach out to your provider.   It does not replace information from your provider about your specific situation.

 

In pregnancy:

  • Fever over 100.4°F  (38°C)
  • Severe and persistent vomiting
  • Severe headache
  • Vision disturbances, such as seeing spots, auras, or double vision
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Sudden swelling in hands, feet, or legs (symmetrical or asymmetrical)
  • Swelling in the face or around the eyes
  • Upper abdominal pain on the right side
  • Regular contractions (6 or more per hour) before 37 weeks

 

In labor:

  • Fever over 100.4°F  (38°C)
  • If your bag of waters has broken
  • Vomiting with contractions
  • Rectal pressure
  • Sharp pain in right shoulder

 

Postpartum:

  • Fever over 100.4°F  (38°C)
  • Foul-smelling or unusual vaginal discharge
  • Increase in vaginal bleeding or clots larger than a small lemon
  • Pain or burning with urination
  • Uterine pain
  • Lump, hard area, or pain in the breast
  • Red, tender, swollen area on a leg or one leg larger than the other
  • Difficulty breathing
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