When to Call Your Midwife or Doctor, 33 - 36 weeks

When should you call the midwife or doctor when you're 33-36 weeks? Browse through this list.

Contact your provider if you notice any of the following warning signs

  • Pain or burning during urination, or a decrease in the amount of urine
  • Unrelieved vomiting
  • Unrelieved diarrhea or constipation
  • Chills or fever
  • Soreness or redness in one or both legs
  • Visual disturbances such as blurred vision, spots before the eyes, or flashes of light
  • Dizziness or mental confusion
  • Marked change in the baby's movement
  • Something just doesn't feel right

Also be alert to symptoms of preterm labor such as

  • Lower backache
  • Menstrual like cramping
  • Vaginal bleeding or a marked change in vaginal discharge (amount/odor/color)
  • Vaginal/pelvic pressure
  • Abdominal or intestinal cramping, pain, or tenderness (with or without diarrhea or constipation)
  • Contractions or uterine tightening (four or more within one hour)

Also be alert to symptoms of hypertensive disorders (high blood pressure) such as

  • Severe or constant headache
  • Pain in the upper abdomen (epigastric pain)
  • Marked swelling or puffiness of the feet, hands or face (edema), or sudden weight gain
  • Visual disturbances such as blurred vision, spots before the eyes, or flashes of light

You may notice other symptoms not included in this list, when in doubt, call. Because these complications can be relatively minor to life threatening, it's important to recognize possible warning signs. Remember that you are the most important gauge of your body and, in turn, your pregnancy. Don't compare your experience with those of friends or relatives. Even if you've been pregnant before, this pregnancy will probably be different. Trust your instincts, but don't attempt to diagnose yourself. If something "just doesn't feel right," call your provider.

Write down the information you will need before placing the call, and keep pen and paper ready to write down instructions.

You may be asked to give the following information:

  • Your full name
  • How many weeks pregnant you are
  • When your provider last saw you
  • Specific medications you are taking, why you are taking them, and when you last took them
  • Any complications that have occurred thus far in your pregnancy
  • What you are currently experiencing and how long you have been experiencing these signs and symptoms (be as specific as possible)

Always have the following information on hand:

  • Your office and after-hours phone number
  • Hospital name, address, and phone number
  • Emergency room phone number
  • Ambulance service phone number
  • Insurance information and card
  • Medic Alert bracelet (if applicable)

Reprinted by Pregnancy.org from Her HealthCare.