Most pregnancies are completely normal, and women carry healthy babies to term and give birth normally. Sometimes, things don't quite go to plan and some warning signs might be apparent. If any of the issues below happen, you should contact your midwife or obstetrician for advice. In most cases, they will want to see you to assess you and your baby so that they can reassure you that all is well, or monitor you more closely.
- Abdominal pain
- A high temperature - above 38 degrees
- Any visual disturbances such as seeing spots or stars, blurred or double vision
- A severe headache that won't go away
- Any vaginal bleeding
- If you think your waters have broken
- If you are feeling unwell
- If you are concerned that your baby is less active than normal
- Constant vomiting or diarrhoea
- Exposure to infections such as chicken pox or rubella
Melissa Maimann is an eligible midwife in private practice in Sydney. One of the first eligible midwives in Australia, Melissa offers a range of care options for women. Visit Melissa's website to learn more about her services.