Symptoms During Pregnancy That Warrant A Conversation with Your Doctor

A woman’s body goes through many changes during the nine months of pregnancy. Some are expected like nausea in the early months, weight gain (of course), and certain crazy cravings. When you notice something unexpected or concerning, don’t ever hesitate to contact Women’s Care. There are certain symptoms during pregnancy that warrant a conversation with your doctor or even a trip to the ER.

Bleeding

Light bleeding is usually nothing to be concerned about, but you should plan a visit to your obstetrician if it is noticed. Heavy bleeding is a different story entirely and you should alert your doctor you are going to the nearest emergency room.

Excessive Weight Gain And Swelling

Gaining some weight comes with the territory of being pregnant, but should you gain from 3 to 5 pounds in a single week, there could be an issue with blood pressure causing damage to the liver or kidneys. Preeclampsia is the medical term for this including additional symptoms of headache, abdominal pain, and blurry vision. Call Women’s Care if you experience any of these signs of preeclampsia.

Not Urinating Normally

Most pregnant women urinate more frequently. If urination decreases, there could be a problem with the kidneys.

pregnant woman concerned sitting on bed

Abdominal Pain

Having abdominal pain is not necessarily normal during pregnancy, and if your pain does not go away, it may be time to check in with your doctor.

Fatigue And Dizziness

You expect to be a little fatigued as your baby grows, but if it becomes extreme and accompanied by dizziness, it could be a sign of anemia. See your doctor.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Of course if you begin to have shortness of breath, a fever, cough, or any of the other signs of the COVID-19 virus, call your doctor immediately for guidance.

Sudden Lack Of Baby Movement

After about 20 weeks, your baby will begin to move. Your baby will sleep sometimes and not move around, but if there is noticeable lack of movement for a period of time, you should speak with your doctor. If you are not feeling any movement after 24 weeks, speak with your OB.

Some additional symptoms during pregnancy that warrant a conversation with your doctor or a trip to the emergency room include the following:

  • Fever over 101
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • A gush of fluid
  • Intense abdominal pain

Never think you are bothering your doctor with a call at an inconvenient time. The goal of your obstetrician is to aid in the birth of a healthy baby and to keep you healthy at the same time.

Contact Women’s Care at (913) 384-4990 if you experience any of the above symptoms during pregnancy.

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COVID-19 Update

Women’s Care is closely following the most up-to-date announcements and information on the known cases of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because this information is always changing, we will be monitoring all updates from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control. 

If you are experiencing a fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, persistent chest pain or pressure, any other COVID Coronavirus or flu symptoms, or had COVID exposure, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (913) 384-4990. We are accepting appointments, however we are currently not allowing guests with the exception of ONLY allowing ONE guest for patients’ new OB visit and ultrasound, 20 week anatomy ultrasound, and 3D ultrasound. Infants and children are not allowed into our office at this time. 

Here are a few additional resources as well: 

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control

We appreciate your patience during this time, look forward to continuing to serve our community!

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