Warning signs and complications

It is important for you to know you can contact a member of your healthcare team if you have any concerns about yourself or your baby. If you experience any of these problems, please call 815-599-7750 immediately:

  • Abdominal pain, continuous or severe
  • Regular contractions or tightening of the uterus before 36 weeks (greater than four contractions in one hour)
  • Chills and fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Sudden increase in vaginal discharge
  • Major decrease in baby's movement (experiencing less than 10 kicks in two hours when doing kick counts – see page 22)
  • Leaking of any fluid (may be a gush or small trickle of fluid)
  • Vomiting that does not get better, especially if you are unable to hold down fluids for 24 hours
  • Burning during urination or trouble passing urine
  • Swelling, especially in the face, that does not go away after lying down
  • Rapid weight gain (more than one pound per day)
  • Blurred vision or spots before your eyes
  • Headaches, severe or that don’t respond to comfort measures or Tylenol
Continue wearing your seat belt. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the shoulder portion of the restraint should be positioned over the collar bone and the lap portion should be placed under the abdomen as low as possible on the hips and across the upper thighs – never above the abdomen. Pregnant women should also sit as far as possible from the air bag.