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Warning Signs Which Need Immediate Attention:

If you experience any of the warning signs listed below or have other symptoms that you feel are not normal, get medical attention immediately.

Preterm Labor (3 or more weeks before your due date) • Contractions – more than 4 occurring in an hour.

• Menstrual-like cramps – may come and go or be constant. • Abdominal cramps – may occur with or without diarrhea. • Low backache – comes and goes or is constant. • Pelvic pressure – feels like the baby is pushing down.

• Change in vaginal discharge – a sudden increase in the amount or may become more mucous-like, watery or slightly blood-tinged.

Vaginal Bleeding (bright red vaginal bleeding is not normal) Note the following: • Amount of bleeding. • Presence of clots.

Abdominal Pain

• Needs immediate medical attention.

Decreased Fetal Movement

• You may choose to use a fetal activity chart the last few weeks of pregnancy to track movement.

• Absence of movement or significant lessening of movement may be of concern; notify your healthcare provider.

Fever

• Notify your healthcare provider if you have a fever.

Headache

• Unusually severe.

• Seeing spots or flashing lights.

• Other neurological symptoms – numbness, loss of vision, weakn loss of balance or speech difficulty.

Urinary Discomfort

• Frequency with small amounts. • Painful urination. • Blood-tinged urine. • Pus in urine.

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