Your body changes so rapidly during pregnancy that it’s hard to know whether a new ache or symptom is “normal,” or if you should call your healthcare provider or even head to the emergency room. If you’re unsure but worried something might be wrong, trust your instincts and get help.
When should I call my healthcare provider during pregnancy?
That really depends – some symptoms may be less urgent than others because of your health history and how far along you are in your pregnancy. Talk to your provider ahead of time at one of your regular prenatal visits so you know what to look for. If you have any of the following symptoms, call your provider for advice.
Pregnancy swelling (edema)
- Your baby is moving or kicking less than usual. You’ll start to feel your baby move when you’re about 16 weeks pregnant, and if the frequency of his movements slows down, it could signal a problem. Tell your provider right away if your baby seems quieter than normal. Also, ask your provider whether you should monitor your baby’s activity by doing daily “kick counts.” She can give you specific instructions on how to count and when to call.
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting. Keep in mind that it’s normal to have a little spotting after sex or a vaginal exam.
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