The first trimester of your pregnancy is an exciting time. It can also be a nerve-wracking time, especially if this is your first pregnancy. It can be easy to worry about you and your baby's health, but you may be hesitant to call your OBGYN every time you have a concern. The following list are times when you should definitely call your doctor.
Bleeding requires an immediate call to the doctor and most likely a trip to the ER. Do not put off the phone call. In most cases, light bleeding will end up being nothing of concern, but it is better to be safe. Failure to act quickly can lead to miscarriage or a hemorrhage in some cases, especially if it isn't promptly treated.
Low-grade fevers are common, particularly in early pregnancy. The concern is if you have a fever over 101 degrees F or if you have a low-grade fever that persists for more than 24 hours. Although low-grade fevers are usually harmful to the mother, they can be harmful to the baby if not treated.
Edema is a type of swelling that is usually caused by high blood pressure. You will likely notice it first in the ankles and wrists. While some swelling is normal, particularly in the ankles, if the swelling is uncomfortable, affects movement, or if the skin remains depressed after pressing on it with a finger, then you need to call your doctor. Severe edema can indicate preeclampsia, a high blood pressure condition that is dangerous for the mom and the baby if left untreated.
Cramping in the back or abdomen
Small, fleeting cramps aren't usually a concern, since these are caused by your changing womb. What is a concern are painful cramps. In some cases, these can indicate distress with the pregnancy. More often, the cause may be a bladder or kidney infection, especially if the cramps are in your lower back or you are having urination discomfort. This will still need to be treated for both you and your baby's health.
Morning sickness is normal. Having it so severely that it lasts all day and you can't keep any food down can be dangerous. Particularly if the lack of food is making it difficult for you to function or leading to lightheadedness. Your doctor may be able to prescribe anti-nausea drugs. In rare but severe cases, you may need to receive nutrition via an IV for you and your baby's safety.
Although you should never be shy about contacting your OBGYN, the above reasons require immediate consultation. Contact a medical office like Vita Center For Women LLC for more information and assistance.