If you feel you have “broken your water” or are in labor, you may go to the hospital without calling the doctor. During working hours you can come into the office for evaluation. The following symptoms often require immediate notification of the doctor, although your gut feeling about the situation is usually right.
- Vaginal bleeding, more than an occasional spotting or loss of mucous plug
- Leaking or gush of fluid from vagina
- Irritating vaginal discharge with or without odor, sores or itching
- Pain or burning upon urination
- Persistent nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- Sudden, persistent abdominal pain
- Fever over 100.4
- Sudden puffiness of face, hands or feet
- Severe persistent headaches not relieved by rest or Tylenol
- Visual disturbances, blurred vision, spots before your eyes, blind spots or double vision
- A decrease or drastic change in the usual movement of your baby
- Constant abdominal pain or contractions, more than 2-3 times in an hour, especially if they do not lessen after change in activity or fluids (especially if more than 5 weeks before your due date).
If you have been involved in a fall, motor vehicle accident, or experience trauma to the abdomen, please go directly to the emergency room. There is no need to notify the doctor. The hospital will notify us of your visit.