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Emergency symptoms in pregnancy

It is very important that you are aware of potential symptoms that may occur and know how to respond. Below is a list of potential signs and symptoms that you may experience ​during pregnancy.

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Vaginal bleeding

While a small amount of mucus mixed with blood spotting may be normal in most pregnancies, it is important that you note if you are bleeding more than that. In such a scenario, contact your provider immediately.

Severe nausea or vomiting

It is very normal to experience a certain amount of nausea and vomiting while pregnant. Most women do. However, if you experience excessive and nonstop nausea and ongoing vomiting, you should let your provider know as soon as possible. If you are in doubt about how much nausea you are experiencing, always err on the side of calling your doctor.

Decreased movements of the baby

If you are at least 28 weeks along in your pregnancy, and you are unable to feel at least ten kicks or punches in an hour, you should contact your provider right away. While this does not necessarily indicate something serious, it’s important that you notify your provider to be sure.


If at any time during your pregnancy you experience a fever above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, be sure to contact your provider. It is not uncommon to have a more mild fever while pregnant, and it is a good idea to take a Tylenol to control the fever. However, if your temperature continues to rise above 101 degrees, don’t hesitate to make the call to your provider.

Severe abdominal pain

Abdominal pain is uncommon during pregnancy unless you are in labor. Conditions such as ruptured ectopic pregnancies, placental abruption and uterine rupture can all cause severe abdominal pain. If you do experience such pain, ​contact your provider and plan to come to the hospital.

Suspected ruptured membrane

If you ever suspect that your water has broken, it is essential that you come into Labor and Delivery at the hospital to be seen or contact your provider.

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Seizures can occur when you experience hypertension or pre-eclampsia while pregnant. Seizures also tend to be more common for pregnant women who have type 1 diabetes and have developed hypoglycemia.


You can experience shock through internal blood loss or by any condition that results in heavy bleeding. Symptoms include low blood pressure, feeling faint, cold and clammy hands, pale skin and sudden weakness. In such a situation, call 911 immediately.