When Do I Need to Call My Doctor?

What Are Some Warning Signs That a Pregnant Woman Should Call Her Doctor Immediately?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you need to contact doctor as soon as possible:

  • Vaginal bleeding – Any incident of bleeding should be reported to your doctor. It is common for women to experience spotting in the first trimester because of the embryo implanting into the wall of the uterus. However, a heavy flow of bright red blood accompanied by cramps in your uterus may be a sign of miscarriage, which means you need to call your doctor at once.
  • Stomach pain – This can be a sign of a number of things including a stomach flu, food poisoning or preeclampsia, a condition marked by high blood pressure and excess amounts of protein in the urine. If left untreated, it can be life threatening.
  • Extreme vomiting – During the first trimester, if you vomit two to three times daily, you may have hyperemesis gravidum, an extreme form of morning sickness that can cause dehydration. Excessive vomiting later on during your pregnancy, especially if it is accompanied by pain and/or fever, may be a sign of preeclampsia.
  • Severe headaches or changes in eye sight – These can also be warning signs of preeclampsia.
  • Burning when you urinate – This can be a sign of a urinary tract infection or of vulvar candidiasis, which is a vaginal yeast infection.
  • Shortness of breath – If it comes on suddenly or is severe, this may be a sign of a pulmonary embolism, which is a clot in your lungs. Other symptoms, such as rapid breathing, rapid pulse, chest pain when you breathe, a blue coloration around the lips, fingers, toes, or a persistent cough may accompany the shortness of breath.
  • If you experience a fever during pregnancy call your doctor. This can be a sign of an infection in your lungs or your urinary tract that may need antibiotics. Most of the time it is a viral infection that does not require antibiotic therapy. Check with your doctor to be sure.
  • Chest pain can come from many reasons, most of them benign such as a simple pulled muscle. However, if the chest pain is severe, and associated with nausea or shortness of breath, call your doctor.

We all want the healthiest baby possible for you. Knowing when you need to go see your doctor is important. Bookmark this page to reference in the future if you’re ever in doubt.

Dr. Mark Gostine

About Dr. Mark Gostine

A physician for more than 30 years. He is a proud father of four and a grandfather of two. The announcement of his daughter Emily’s first pregnancy and the joy of his first grandchild, were major turning points in his life. They became the inspiration for babyQ. From then on, he wanted to dedicate his clinical knowledge and energy to helping young women have healthier pregnancies and better babies. Voted one of the best 100 doctors in his field in America, Dr. Gostine is a practitioner of nutrition who creates health education modules for his patients. He, along with Dr. of my children,” he says. “My hope is that young mothers and fathers everywhere will give their children the best start because it is so much better to prevent disease early than treat it later.” Dr. Gostine, a native of Michigan, received his medical degree from Wayne State University College of Medicine in Detroit, and is Board Certified in both anesthesiology and pain management. He completed his undergraduate studies and his medical residency in anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, followed by a pain management fellowship at the Kansas City Consortium in Missouri. Currently President of Michigan Pain Consultants and Founder of ProCare Systems, he is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.