Pregnancy: When to Worry
During pregnancy, there is added incentive to stay healthy. Here's how to care for both yourself and Baby during these exciting nine months.
Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Morning sickness is an unavoidable part of pregnancy for many women. But when does it become worrisome? We'll tell you when you should call the doctor.
Discharge During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Are you pregnant and worried about whether your discharge is normal? Here's how to know when you should be concerned.
coming out. If it's more watery, then it could be that the amniotic fluid bag has ruptured-- in which case your doctor definitely needs to know about that. Not every patient will know for sure what
Headaches During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Headaches are relatively common in pregnancy, but sometimes they could mean something more serious. Find out how to tell when you need to consult a doctor.
And then after that, we can always have patients take Tylenol, Extra Strength Tylenol , and sometimes a cup of coffee; and lying down in a dark room can make it better. Headaches that are persistent if Tylenol and those other remedies aren't helping, headaches for which someone will say it's the worst headache I've had in my life, those are things that require medical attention . So, we need to make sure there's nothing neurologic going on that's causing those headaches. Later in pregnancy in the second and third trimester, if you have a headache that's not going away with these usual measures, then it may be because your blood pressure is elevated. If your blood pressure is elevated in pregnancy, then we need to rule out another condition called preeclampsia of pregnancy. Any headache that's associated with swelling,
Pain and Cramping During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Mom-to-bes can expect a fair amount of aches. Watch this trimester-specific guide on how to tell if your pain or cramping could be more serious.
gonna be something you need to worry about. I would say the warning signs are probably when it's associated with fever, when it's radiating to a different part of the body, when there is burning on urination, then these would all be things that I think you should talk to your doctor about. A lot of patients say that they feel abdominal cramping around the time of implantation of the pregnancy, so very early after conception. A lot of people will say they have lower abdominal midline cramping, almost like menstrual cramping . If you've already had an ultrasound and you're bleeding, then we know it's not an ectopic pregnancy, but we need to make
Swelling During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Swelling is a common side effect of pregnancy as your due date gets closer. Learn how to get relief and when you need to call a doctor.
than the other, that can be a more worrisome sign of a blood clot . And for that, you need to call your doctor and an ultrasound test of your leg can rule out any presence of a blood clot . Swelling as of 24 weeks and on in a pregnancy sometimes is associated with a condition called preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is typically a combination of findings with elevated blood pressure , protein in the urine, and swelling in the lower extremities in particular are the hallmarks of that disorder. Other signs that people can have can include headaches and blurry vision and upper abdominal pain, but swelling especially if it's a sudden onset of much more severe swelling really of any part of your body you should probably check in with your doctor. Overall, I'd
Pregnancy: When to Worry: Fever
A fever is always a pain, but it becomes even more of a problem when you have Baby to consider as well. See what you need to do if you start feeling feverish.
period of time isn't gonna be anything problematic, but fever for a prolonged period of time can have neurologic effects on the baby. It's sort of the equivalent of sitting in a hot tub, which will raise your core temperature and also not be good for the baby. Some of the possible causes for the fever could include a simple viral infection for which Tylenol should be sufficient and it can also include things like the flu. It can include a stomach bug. It
Shortness of Breath During Pregnancy: When to Worry
During pregnancy, your baby is causing your organs to shift, so it is common to experience shortness of breath. Learn when your breathing patterns might be cause for concern.
much more feeling shortness of breath, then that's something that would warrant medical attention , but then if it's been chronic and it's maybe getting a little bit worse, but basically as it has been, that's gonna be really common. In the second trimester and the third trimester, you can imagine as your uterus is growing, there's less room to take a deep breath in, so it can feel much more constricted and harder to take that breath in. So, that's really common. It's nothing that is acutely getting worse, suddenly getting worse, then it's probably just related to that pregnancy. In general with the shortness of breath, you need to pace yourself, you need to relax. And if you're lying down and you're feeling worse, you need to sit up and make sure that that feels better. And if none of those things are helping, there are some things that should be ruled out either by your OB/GYN or by your primary care provider .
Fetal Movement During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Your baby should be doing plenty of kicking in your uterus in the third trimester. If you're concerned your little one isn't moving as much as he should, here's when to worry.
Dizziness and Fainting During Pregnancy: When to Worry
If you are feeling dizzy, it could be more than low blood sugar. Watch this video to see if you might have a more serious problem.
But for a patient who doesn't have any preexisting medical conditions like high blood pressure or heart disease most of the time if it's an isolated finding, it's not gonna be serious for the pregnancy.
Spotting and Bleeding During Pregnancy: When to Worry
Spotting or bleeding can be a scary symptom when you are pregnant. Here's what you should know.
right place in the uterus and not in the tubes like an ectopic pregnancy . If you've already had an ultrasound and you're bleeding, then we know it's not an ectopic pregnancy , but we need to make sure that the bleeding hasn't affected the pregnancy. And if the bleeding doesn't persist out of the first trimester, then chances are it's not gonna affect the rest of the pregnancy. The second trimester, any bleeding, brown, red blood, spotting, heavy, you really do need to call us. Different causes behind that bleeding can be placental problems. There can be placenta previa. There can be preterm labor . Closer to full term, there can be something called placental abruption and all these can be potentially serious. Patients get closer to