Children's Health and Wellness

Warning Signs During Pregnancy

What are some warning signs of potential pregnancy complications?

Certain symptoms should be reported to your physician immediately, during any stage of the pregnancy. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Bleeding or leaking fluid from the vagina

  • Blurry or impaired vision

  • Unusual or severe abdominal pain or backaches

  • Frequent, severe, and/or continuous headaches

  • Contractions before 37 weeks that occur 4 times every 20 minutes, or contractions 8 times an hour that last for more than an hour

  • Decrease in baby's movements

  • Dizziness

  • Excessive vomiting and diarrhea

  • Fever

  • Pain or burning with urination

  • Strong cramps

  • Swelling of face, fingers, and feet

  • Chills

  • Inability to tolerate foods or liquids

  • Muscular convulsions

Online Source: US Department of Health and Human Services. Pregnancy Complicationshttp://womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/you-are-pregnant/pregnancy-complications.cfm#d
Online Editor: Metzger, Geri
Online Medical Reviewer: Dozier, Tennille, RN, BSN, RDMS
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 5/18/2013
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