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Care for Women in
All Phases of Life
T L Jenkins MD

Treating Illness During Pregnancy

Treating Illness During PregnancyThe team at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine is here to give you the care and support you need throughout your pregnancy. We understand the stress you may feel if you experience an illness while you are pregnant. This guide can help you decide when is the best time to call our office for medical care (immediately or during office hours).

When you call our office at 855-346-8610, please be prepared to provide us with the following information:
  • Details of your illness or symptoms
  • Number of weeks pregnant
  • Frequency and severity of symptoms, especially bleeding or cramping
  • Frequency and severity of nausea or vomiting, if applicable

Symptom/Illness:

Call our office if:

Call immediately if:

Home care:

Cramping/Bleeding

  • This may be the normal effect of an internal exam.
  • Bleeding and cramping are normal during the first trimester.
  • Mild cramping or bleeding is less than your normal period.
  • You experience heavy bleeding that requires you to change pads every 2 hours.
  • Bleeding occurs during your 2nd or 3rd trimester, with or without pain.
  • You experience severe cramping.
  • Get adequate rest.
  • Do not lift heavy objects (over 20 pounds.)

Vomiting

  • Common during the first trimester.
  • You cannot keep down liquids or solids for more than a 24-hour period.
  • You experience a 3 to 5 lb. weight loss.
  • You begin to feel fatigued, lethargic, or experience dry mouth.
  • Vomiting is accompanied by abdominal cramping.
  • Take 25mg of vitamin B6 up to 4 times daily.
  • Consume liquids and solids 1-hour apart.
  • Avoid excessive heat and sun.
  • Rest.
  • Eat plain popcorn.

Decreased fetal movement (after week 24)

  • There are less than 4 active movements in a 30-minute period of rest.

 

  • There is no movement and you have abdominal pain.
  • Eat a small snack.
  • Drink some juice or a soda.
  • Rest.

Swelling

  • Your hands and face are swollen.
  • Your feet and ankles have suddenly become swollen.
  • You also have abdominal pain or a headache.
  • Fetal movement has decreased.
  • Your blood pressure is elevated.
  • Do not eat salty foods.
  • Lie on your left side and elevate your legs.

Urgent or painful urination

  • More frequent urination is a common occurrence.
  • Burning or pain occurs when you urinate.
  • You have a strong urge to urinate but produce very little urine.

 

  • There is blood in your urine.
  • You have a temperature above 100.4.
  • You are experiencing contractions or upper back pain.
  • Drink approximately 96 ounces of water a day.
  • Urinate every few hours.

Cold and Flu

  • Your temperature goes beyond 100.4.
  • A cough persists more than 5 days.
  • Mucus becomes yellow or green.
  • Wheezing occurs or you have difficulty breathing.
  • Rest.
  • Use a saline nasal spray.
  • Use a vaporizer.
  • Take Robitussin, Sudafed, Actifed, or Tylenol as needed.

Membranes Rupture

 

  • Fluid leaks or gushes.

 

Labor

  • Before 36 weeks, if you have contractions every 10 minutes for more than 1 hour.
  • Contractions are more intense than Braxton-Hicks. They need not be at regular intervals.
  • Your water breaks. This may be a gush or small leak.
  • Contractions occur at 5-minute intervals for more than 1 hour.
  • You experience bleeding more significant than menstruation.
  • Pain and contractions persist.
  • Rest to save energy for labor.
  • Drink plenty of water, as contractions may be a result of dehydration.


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