Call your midwife if you have…

Please contact us if you have any of the following symptoms or any time you have concerns.

There are many aches and pains that are normal in pregnancy. Therefore, what you are concerned about may not be a danger sign.

It is important, however that any of the following signs be assessed.

  • Bleeding from the bowel, bladder or vagina (Slight spotting after a vaginal exam or sexual intercourse may be normal. Rectal bleeding associated with hemorrhoids can be safely treated with over the counter medications from your local pharmacy.)
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Significantly reduced fetal movement
  • Sudden severe swelling of hands and face. Some swelling of your hands and feet is normal during pregnancy. However, if you experience swelling particularly in your face or swelling in your legs past your ankles you should consult your midwife.
  • Severe headaches, dizziness, blurred or dimmed vision
  • Fever and chills
  • Premature rupture of membranes (note the quantity, colour and possibly, the odour of the water)
  • Any illness with or without fever
  • Any exposure to infectious diseases such as rubella (German Measles), Chickenpox, Cytomegalovirus, Parvovirus (Fifth’s Disease), Toxoplasmosis, Hepatitis and HIV.
  • Rash of any kind.
  • Excessive itching of the skin all over the body
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Sudden weight gain
  • Frequent vomiting
  • A burning feeling during urination
  • Coloured, frothy, foul-smelling vaginal discharge, or one causing local itchiness
  • Persistent negative feelings about the pregnancy and care of the baby
  • Periods of weeping or depressions that do not go away