When To Call the Doctor During Pregnancy


From the pages of the Baby & Child Care Encyclopedia: Chapter 1, Prenatal 101


It can be hard to know what’s totally normal in pregnancy—especially if you’re a first-timer—and what’s worth a call to the doctor, and “go with your gut” only goes so far. The short answer is this: When in doubt, play it safe and call your OB-GYN or midwife for advice. Read on for more info.

Do not ignore the following symptoms:

  • Severe cramping or abdominal pain
  • Vaginal bleeding or spotting
  • Sudden, intense headaches or blurred vision
  • Leaking fluid
  • Decrease in fetal movement in the second and third trimester
  • Seeing spots or “floaters” in your field of vision
  • Difficulty breathing or heart palpitations
  • A persistent itching in your hands, feet or all over your body

These symptoms could be a sign of a serious medical emergency, so seek help from your healthcare team or local emergency department right away.


Read more from the Baby & Child Care Encyclopedia.

      1. Prenatal 101
      2. Breastfeeding and the First Three Months
      3. Starting Solids and the Toddler Years
      4. An Age-by-Age Guide to Sleep
      5. Family Nutrition
      6. Kids and Mental Health
      7. When Your Child is Sick
      8. Safety and First Aid
      9. Milestones, Checklists and Charts

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