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
Taking Care of Yourself
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- Health card
- Night gown or robe
- Loose fitting clothing to go home
- Nursing bra
- Pen and paper
- Sanitary napkins (Pads)
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Toiletries (shampoo, soap, hairbrush)
- Coins for vending machine
- Healthy snacks
- Phone numbers of friends or family
- Items used for comfort (such as unscented lotion for massage, a pillow with coloured pillow case, magazine or reading material)
All clothing and blankets should be washed in a mild detergent before you put it on your baby.
- Newborn diapers
- Receiving blankets
- Clothes to wear home and light hat
Safety approved infant car seat