Last Reviewed: April 2017
Important signs to watch for if you are pregnant
- Bad cramps or stomach pains that don't go away.
- Bleeding or a trickle or gush of fluid from your vagina.
- Lower back pain/pressure or change in lower back pain.
- A feeling that the baby is pushing down.
- Contractions or change in the strength or number of them.
- An increase in the amount of vaginal discharge.
- Fever, chills, dizziness, vomiting or a bad headache.
- Blurry vision or spots before your eyes.
- Sudden or severe swelling of your feet, hand or face.
- A significant change in your baby's movements.
Go to a hospital right away and contact your doctor/midwife if you have any of these symptoms.
Adapted with permission from:
Best Start: Ontario's Maternal Newborn and Early Child Development Resource Centre
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Pregnancy is a time of change. The hormonal changes that are happening within your body during pregnancy can trigger different emotions. Emotional changes such as joy, excitement or even fear and panic are common during pregnancy. These emotions may be related to the anticipation of parenthood and changing roles and priorities. Fathers may also experience similar kinds of emotions.
It is an important time to communicate your thoughts, feelings and attitudes with your partner/support person. Identify your concerns, present or future, and problem-solve or plan as necessary.
After giving birth, it is normal for your emotions to be affected. One moment you may be very happy and the next you may find yourself in tears. This is a normal part of the changing hormonal levels that occur after giving birth. At first you may find it difficult to cope with these sudden changes and stresses in your life but remember to give yourself time to adjust to your new life.
Four in five mothers will experience the postpartum blues. It usually begins on the third or fourth day after delivery and mothers may feel sad and tearful, irritable, exhausted, overwhelmed and have changes in their sleeping or eating pattern. The condition is often temporary and disappears in about one to two weeks without treatment. For a few women, however, the condition may last longer and develop into a more serious condition.
One in five mothers will suffer from some degree of postpartum depression and anxiety. Postpartum Mood Disorder can affect any woman during the first year after giving birth. The cause is not fully understood; hormonal changes, lack of support, stress, and the demands of the new role as a mom may all have an impact.
Consult with your family doctor/midwife if you are experiencing any symptoms. Do not wait! There is help available for you and your family.
Remember to take care of yourself by:
- getting enough sleep
- eating well-balanced meals
- talking to friends and family for support
- attending programs before and after the birth of your baby
For more information:
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