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When to call your OB-GYN during the first trimester

When to call your OB-GYN during the first trimester

The following is an excerpt from our new ebook, Pregnancy: Your guide to the first trimester. To download the full guide, click here

You may have some light spotting during implantation, and this is usually a normal symptom of pregnancy. However, if you continue to bleed and/or you experience severe, sharp cramps in your abdominal region, call your doctor immediately. These could be the first symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy or miscarriage.

You should also call your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Significantly increased vaginal discharge, especially if accompanied by an odor
  • Pain when urinating
  • Fever or chills

You should also call your doctor before you start taking any new medications or vitamins, or before you make any changes to your diet. Talk with your doctor during your regular visits about foods that are safe for your baby and foods you should avoid. Some herbs, for example, may be perfectly fine for an adult to eat but may actually be harmful to a fetus, and some foods, including fish that is high in mercury, are not recommended while you are pregnant.

If at any point in your pregnancy you feel like something just isn’t right, or you are feeling unhealthy in any way, call your doctor. You can also call if you have any questions or concerns about your pregnancy. It is always better to talk to your doctor too much than too little. If you call your doctor and nothing is wrong, you’ve just allayed your fears. If you don’t call your doctor and something is wrong, you and your baby could both be in danger.

CarePoint Health is dedicated to providing you with the individual care and attention you need so you can relax and focus on what is most important — the birth of your new baby. Contact us today to learn more about our obstetrics and maternity services.

Content on our website is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911. Always consult your physician before making any changes to your medical treatment.


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