Revised:Thursday October 09 2014
Important signs to watch for if you are pregnant
- Bad cramps or stomach pains that don't go away.
- Bleeding or a trickle or gush of fluid from your vagina.
- Lower back pain/pressure or change in lower back pain.
- A feeling that the baby is pushing down.
- Contractions or change in the strength or number of them.
- An increase in the amount of vaginal discharge.
- Fever, chills, dizziness, vomiting or a bad headache.
- Blurry vision or spots before your eyes.
- Sudden or severe swelling of your feet, hand or face.
- A significant change in your baby's movements.
Go to a hospital right away and contact your doctor/midwife if you have any of these symptoms.
Adapted with permission from:
Best Start: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre
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You may be wondering how your family and friends will react and if they will be supportive of the pregnancy. There may be many unknowns and so it is very important to find emotional support at this time. Seek out your supports. If you need help coping with your feelings, talk to someone you trust.
There are emotional changes that are common during pregnancy. These can include mood swings and even feelings of sadness. One in 10 women suffer from depression during pregnancy. Be aware of the signs of depression and be sure to contact your doctor if you are experiencing any of these signs.
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