Saturday, February 12, 2011

When should you call your midwife?

Pregnant or new mums are often unsure when to call their midwife, here is a guideline but should you have any concerns about you, your pregnancy or your baby, the midwife will want to hear from you.  Your health and your baby's health is very important to us, so please call us.

In pregnancy
  • If you have any vaginal bleeding.
  • If you think your waters have broken.
  • If you are worried about your baby's movements (eg., less than 10 movements in 12 hrs).
  • If you have regular painful tightenings/contractions before your due date.
  • If you have headaches, see 'flashing lights' in front of your eyes, or indigestion type pains that wont go away.
  • If you have any pains in your back or abdomen.
  • If you think you have a bladder or kidney infection.
  • If you have been in contact with an infectious disease like chicken pox, slap cheek or TB.
  • If you have any worries about your pregnancy.
 In labour

  • If you have regular contractions.
  • If you think your waters have broken, even if you have no contractions.
  • If you have any bleeding.

After you have your baby

  • If your bleeding suddenly becomes heavy again.
  • If your discharge becomes offensive smelling.
  • If you think you have a temperature or feel unwell.
  • If you think your baby is unwell.
  • If your baby is not feeding.

The link below is a link that will take you to a pregnancy website

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