Should I call my health care provider?

You will see your health care provider very regularly during the nine months of pregnancy, but how do you know when to call between visits? Below are some examples of whether or not it is necessary to call your health care provider.

Colds

Many pregnant women catch a cold sometime during their pregnancy. The safest way to treat your cold is to get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. If you're suffering from nasal congestion, consider using saline nose drops which are considered safe during pregnancy. Steer clear of taking any medications that contain ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve). Studies show if you take these during the first trimester the chance of birth defects increases.

Flu

The flu can be much more dangerous during pregnancy, since some strands of the flu can turn into pneumonia. The flu shot is safe for you and your baby during any stage of your pregnancy, so if you are pregnant during flu season (October to March) be sure to get a flu shot. Treat your flu symptoms like you would for a cold (without medications), but if your temperature rises to 102 or higher, take two acetaminophen (Tylenol) tablets and see your doctor immediately. A high fever increases your chances for a miscarriage. 

Allergies

A simple way to relieve allergy symptoms without taking medications is to humidify your room or use a facial steamer to clear congestion.

There are a few reasons to call your doctor right away.

  • If your fever stays higher than 102 degrees after you take the acetaminophen.
  • If you have trouble breathing.
  • If you come down with influenza your doctor may want to treat you with some antiviral medications.
  • If you experience contractions, or leak fluid or blood from the vagina.