Warning Signs

During your pregnancy, report any of the following warning signs to your physician. Communication is very important between you, your support person, and your physician. Make a list of your physical symptoms, including your concerns, and bring this list with you to your doctor's appointment.

  • Noticeable reduction in fetal activity*
  • Leaking or gushing of clear fluid from your vagina
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Sudden puffiness or swelling of your hands or face
  • Severe, persistent headache
  • Disturbances of vision – spots
  • Dizziness, light-headedness
  • Pain or burning during urination
  • Irritating vaginal discharge, itching, genital sores, warts
  • Fever - oral temperature over 100 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting

*Once fetal movement is felt on a regular basis:

  1. Once a day, after breakfast, count fetal movements for half an hour. If you count three movements or less, call your physician.
  2. If you are aware of decreased fetal movement, notify your physician.