Warning Signs | Maternity | Mount Carmel Health

Warning Signs

Any of the following signs need to be reported to your doctor, midwife or clinic.

Call right away if you have:

  • Bright red vaginal bleeding
  • A trickle or gush of fluid from the vagina
  • Pains or cramps in the abdomen
  • Sudden sharp pain in the abdomen that does not go away
  • A fall or sudden blow to your abdomen
  • Constant or severe headache
  • Blurred vision or spots before your eyes
  • Sudden or increased swelling of your face
  • Pain or tenderness, swelling or redness along a blood vessel in your leg
  • A fever above 102°F (38.9°C)
  • Regular contractions, getting stronger and closer together
  • Fewer baby movements than usual
  • Thoughts of harming yourself

Call the same day if you have:

  • Fever above 100.4°F (38°C)
  • Chills that do not go away
  • Severe nausea and vomiting; not able to keep food down for 24 hours
  • Burning or frequent urination; urge to urinate but cannot
  • Foul-smelling urine
  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Itching or burning of the vagina
  • Feelings of dizziness or faintness
  • Sudden weight gain of more than 2 pounds, not related to overeating
  • Increased swelling of hands or feet
  • Feeling very sad or anxious, or that something is “not right”