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Symptoms you should tell your doctor about

Advice on the pregnancy symptoms that you should tell your doctor about.
Pregnancy is a time of great change and no matter whether its your first or fifth baby it can be difficult to know which symptoms are 'normal' and which are worth checking up with your doctor. If you experience any of the 'warning signs' detailed below you should visit your doctor or midwife for a checkup as soon as possible or call NHS Direct for further advice (0845 46 47).

Of course this list isn't exhaustive, if something doesn't feel quite right or you are particularly concerned about any aspect of your own health or the health of your developing baby it is always much better to be on the safe side and check with your doctor as this will put your mind at rest if nothing else.
  • Severe stomach pain - Anywhere from your upper abdomen to lower stomach whether you are experiencing sickness and diarrhoea or not.
  • Vaginal bleeding - Spotting in later pregnancy, heavy period like bleeding or leaking fluid. (Light spotting in early pregnancy is reasonably common but you should still tell your Gp about it.)
  • Severe and prolonged headaches - Lasting more than a couple of hours
  • Fainting - you should also see your Gp if you experience prolonged dizziness or are particularly light headed
  • Prolonged visual disturbances - Double vision, blurred vision, seeing spots etc
  • Sudden increase in thirst but unable to urinate - i.e. haven't urinated for the past 12 hours or if urination becomes painful
  • Severe vomiting - whether accompanied by stomach pain or not
  • Sudden swelling of the hands, feet or face - or a significant increase
  • Severe itching - especially if later on in pregnancy
  • Fever - especially if over 100 degF /37.5 degC
  • Suddent weight gain - Of more than a couple of lbs, noticeable and unrelated to eating
  • Reduced foetal movements - No foetal movement for more than 24 hours after week 22
  • Injury to the stomach - If you experience any fall or blow to the stomach even if you are not in pain
You should also be aware of the signs of premature labour just in case. These include uterine contractions that occur every ten minutes or so and become more frequent and intense as time passes, abdominal cramps, leaking of watery fluid from the vagina, lower backache, a sudden increase in vaginal discharge or vaginal bleeding and a feeling that your baby is pushing down against your pelvis. If you experience these symptoms before 37 weeks of pregnancy you should contact your health care provider immediately.

While it is important to look out for anything out of the ordinary whilst you are pregnant, you should try not to become to overly concerned about your developing baby's health, instead focusing on relaxing, eating well, taking care of yourself and looking forward to meet your little one when he or she is ready to make their way into the world.

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Hi I am about ten weeks pregnant and I am bleeding a little and my vaginal area is hurting me and i have stomach pains in the middle is that a sign of miscarriage this will be my 4 pregnancy.
by Omar 23rd Dec 2010, 4:20pm
I don't know if I'm pregnant or not. Im stomach is swollen i've been getting headaches, had spotting once last month then my break from the pill and had a light period was light red in colour now been back on my pill a week and a half and I'm spotting again... I've had lower back pain but that is nothing out the norm for me, my appitpiate has increased and feeling a little hormonal
by 3rdtimeluckyyy 7th Dec 2010, 8:44am
Hi. I am 14wks pregnant and my left leg and butt cheek is in serious pain. My left leg is swollen, and i can barely walk on it. Can some1 help me? Whats wrong with me?
by mommy1988 12th Aug 2010, 9:11am
hi i was tow weeks late on my period last month, and i had a lot of abdominal and back pain, i did a pregnancy test and came really light positive, i waited and couple of days and came negative, and retook another and came positive, so i decided to take another and came negate, they were different brands, in total i had 3 negates and 2 positives. later on during the weekend i had severe pain and got my period i had a big thick sack tissue like that came out, it was almost or as big as an egg and it had some type of bloody strings attack to it, was that a miscarriage, and if it was why did my doctor gave me a negative pregnancy test as well? Do i need to seek any more medical help? a month has passed and i feel really tired and i look very pale!
by gis 11th Jun 2010, 5:29pm
Hi, im not pregnant well i don't think so, but i had unprotected sex about 3 weeks ago, i want to go on the pill but have to start my period before i start taking them. i have a very sore stomach and get cramps recently so i was wondering if this was a first sign?
by Mel125 18th May 2010, 5:17pm
im 12 weeks pregnant and yestoday started having period pain me and my partner had sex and i bled during this and after. its as heavy as my normal periods. what is wrong with me ??
by Sophiiex 14th May 2010, 5:20pm
Hi, I'm 19 weeks prego with my first baby. Earlier today my 90 pound dog jumped right onto my belly, right near where my uterus is located. There's no briusing and it's not completely painful, but there some dicomfort there now. I'm worried, can this type of trauma cause a miscarriage?
by Renee11 27th Jan 2010, 9:36am
hi im 21 weeks an 3 days i have sickness an really watery diarrhoea and stomach cramps ive had it for 3 days now an im worried has anyone else had this problem (this will be my 3rd baby)
by hiya 5th Nov 2009, 9:46am
Im 31weeks preggers and have an aching pain under my left rib, the pain is more intense at night when im in bed and turning side to side, is anyone else having this problem?
by MamaNewby1 4th Nov 2009, 3:32pm
by rusmary 28th Jul 2009, 1:12pm
Im 16 weeks pregnant. and already havin back ache...My sports Coaches and Phsyio, say its to do with the muscles under the belly which is causing the shape of the body.
if your getting bad backs too early on,, ask ur doctor to see a physio, to help strength out your back n pelvic areas. it also helps during birth.

by Viikiiee77 16th Jun 2009, 11:55am
by woody14573 28th Apr 2009, 10:19am
by 123abc 24th Apr 2009, 9:29am
i am 5 weeks pregnant but have stomach cramps and diarrhoa what does this mean
by kezzoh 11th Mar 2009, 9:18am
What is the courses of pains in the breast and also back pains
by bookiestate 28th Jan 2009, 9:03am
I am just about 7 weeks along with my 4th pregnancy(only 1 birth) and I'm already having back pain and have had what feels like a continues tummy ache. Is this normal? I have had miscarriages before and worry that it might happen again even though the tummy ache is NOTHING compared to the pain I felt before I miscarried in the past.
by Mommyx2 26th Jan 2009, 9:41am
iam have a son of 1yrs of age called marshall, and i wen i was 27wks pregnant with him i started suffering with severe itching, exspecially on my hands and feet. i thought it was normal, and rung midwife to get advice on wat to use to help ease the itching, she then told me to come to the hospital strate away were they then discovered i had a very rare condition called obsteric colostatis.its a condition to do with the liver and gawl bladder, which only occurs during pregancy. my midwife has been a midwife for 30yrs and said im the 2nd women she has ever come across with colastatis, thats how rare it is. from then on i had to be closely monitored having blood taken every 2 weeks and scans every 2 weeks to make sure developing ok, and on daily medication. they then broke my waters at 37wks as they dont like women going past 38wks with this condition. and i gave birth to gorgous baby boy weighing 8lb 3oz. the only down fall is that i will have this condition with every pregnancy i go through, but il be prepared for it next time. so if any1 suffers with severe itching in later pregnancy, dont ignore it, just to be on safe side. x
by katiekittykat87 12th Jan 2009, 10:36am
i am 5 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child and ever since my missed period iv been experiencing mild period like cramps, i didnt have this with my 1st, is this normal?
by gemznboys 5th Jan 2009, 9:26am
i am only 6 weeks pregnant and am having small pains cramp like ones. is this normal?
by lea82 22nd Dec 2008, 8:51am
Hi im 34wks gone with my 2nd my 1st turns 5 next month. I recently started to feel light headed and dizzy has anyone got any idea wot this cud be as this didnt happen with my 1st
by Bev12 8th Dec 2008, 8:35am
Hi, well I am 33 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child my first will be 6 in Jan, basically this afternoon i started feeling awful strong intense crippling pain in my lower part of my stomach between my bump an pubic area, the pain made my legs go to jelly but i couldnt sit back down as the pain was that bad, it passed i went upstairs to run a warm bath it came back as i was upstairs just as crippling this time making me cry out for my partner, he said maybe i need the toilet as there was no spotting or waters braking, i was by this point crying as i never experienced this while pregnant with my son. Got in bath for ages felt really comfy, got up to get out straight away the pain was back, then when it passed again it didnt come back but eversince my stomachs been solid and i feel generally unwell and uncomfy. Obviously it wasnt labor but what was is? I'v been getting braxton hicks since about 28 weeks and these pains were in no way similar. With my previous pregnancy I was induced at 37 weeks as I had Cholistasis, can anyone advise me as to what i should do an what the pains were an why i feel so unwell now. Thankyou
by cozmo 10th Nov 2008, 9:53am
I have had 3 lots of pinkish discharge today, I called my doctor because I was terrified I was about to misscarriage! The doctor said it sounded like normal spotting! which does usually occur about 7 to 8 weeks! She told me to keep a eye on it and if I start to bleed then go in and see her!
I'm still worrying but have decided if I'm still spotting by the end of the weekend I'm going to go to get it checked out!, Is this normal and if so how long should it last??
by lucy1andstella1 10th Nov 2008, 9:53am
Hello. I am only 7 weeks pregnant and recently experienced crippling stomach pains that at times had me in tears. I went to the Dr and was told to rest and stay calm but of course, thats a lot easier said than done. It turns out a week later i have a urine infection and that was causing the dreadful pains. I hope this may comfort some of you early pregnancies with the same worries as i had, not every pain is the worst case scenario, stay positive, see your dr and rest.
by Princess555 3rd Nov 2008, 10:17am
I am 14 weeks and started spotting friday.i dropped a blood clot after i came back from the hospital.iI have been to a doctor appt. monday and everyone tells me me baby is fine,but i still see old blood when i use the restroom.has this every happen to anyone.
by nicki73 22nd Jul 2008, 5:13pm
My baby is due tomorrow, 7/5/08, I have one child already but cant remember everything about pregnancy as she is 11 now,
Is it normal to have a feeling in my vagina as if my baby is trying to get out? it is a strange feeling. He is very active, had a few problems at beginning of pregnancy but i have been told everything is fine.
by sian78 7th May 2008, 8:55am
I am 14 weeks pregnant and suffering with stomach pain, the pain comes from my rib cage all the way down to above my belly button. It is so severe at time I can not walk even a small short distance walk can bring this pain on, does anyone know what this is. (I have no bleeding or discharge so I have ruled out anything serious) I really would appreciate so advice to give me peace of mind.
by deborah1976 30th Apr 2008, 8:46am
I have a fever could i be able to take anything to bring it down? i am 19 weeks?
by barbiedoll 28th Apr 2008, 5:26pm
i keep getting stomach cramps every so often is this normal?
by laura1988 10th Mar 2008, 9:03am
how can i prevent vomiting?
by ahmedluwaga 11th Feb 2008, 9:28am
What does it mean if your not really feeling morning sickness? I get the nausea sometimes but i am not really vomitting that much is that good or bad?
by Blanquis 5th Feb 2008, 9:22am