Pregnancy can cause a wide range of odd physical symptoms and discomforts, so it can be difficult to distinguish when symptoms will warrant medical attention. Generally, it is better to be safe and consult a doctor about any new or abnormal pregnancy symptoms, and you'll want to be especially cautious when those symptoms include the following:
Pain or cramping in the uterus or vagina could be a serious sign if it is accompanied by bleeding or a fever. In these situations, you will want to call the doctor right away. If you simply have pelvic pain that does not improve after several hours, you will want to call your obstetrician soon, but immediate attention is not likely needed.
If you think or know you have a fever, it is time to call the obstetrician. Be sure to avoid taking any medication without checking with your doctor first, since there may be many different causes for your fever, and medication could pose a risk with certain conditions.
While morning sickness is common early in pregnancy, should symptoms such as nausea and vomiting prevent you from eating or keeping down fluids, there is a potential for dehydration and your doctor should be notified.
A sudden, severe headache could be a sign of a very serious condition called preeclampsia, which is characterized by high blood pressure, blurred vision, swelling of the hands and feet, and/or puffiness in the face. Your doctor should be contacted if any of these symptoms arise.
For the reliable, specialized care you need during pregnancy, call Desert West OBGYN at (602) 903-4715 to schedule your first prenatal consultation in Estrella, Arrowhead, Anthem, Glendale and Phoenix. Our doctors provide care for normal and high-risk pregnancies while providing the resources needed for a healthy pregnancy and problem-free delivery.