Warning Signs During Pregnancy

There are some signs that can mean trouble when you're pregnant:

Vaginal bleeding

  • A little bit of spotting early on is okay
  • ALWAYS tell your doctor about any bleeding
  • If you bleed AND have cramps or if the bleeding is like your period, call your doctor right away


  • Some cramping is normal
  • Is normal in the first month, unless it's very painful or comes with bleeding

Very bad cramps and bleeding in the first three months may be a sign of an ectopic (or tubal) pregnancy or a miscarriage.

High blood pressure

  • Anything over 140/90
  • Sudden, dramatic raise in blood pressure

Lack of kicking after the 25th week

  • Less than four times over a one-hour period
  • Less than 10 movements in two hours

Other signs of trouble

  • Vaginal discharge, itching, Genital sores or warts
  • Very bad headache or blurry eyesight
  • Fever over 101 (Fahrenheit)
  • Very bad upset stomach or throwing up
  • Burning feeling or pain when you pee
  • Peeing smaller amounts than normal
  • Nonstop, very bad headache
  • Any blow or harm to your lower belly, with or without pain

If you go through any of the signs outlined here, see your doctor right away. You have a special insight into your body. If you ever feel that something isn't right, don't wait to get in touch with your doctor.

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