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Health During Pregnancy

Important signs to watch for if you are pregnant [hide]

  • 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

Last Reviewed: April 2017

Taking Care of Yourself

Hospital checklist

Get an interactive, printable version of this checklist (PDF 133KB, 1 page)

Pregnant lady packing suitcase

For Mom:

  • Health card
  • Slippers
  • Night gown or robe
  • Loose fitting clothing to go home
  • Socks
  • Nursing bra
  • Underwear
  • 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)

For baby:

All clothing and blankets should be washed in a mild detergent before you put it on your baby.

  • Newborn diapers
  • Sleepers
  • Undershirts
  • Socks
  • Receiving blankets
  • Clothes to wear home and light hat Safety approved infant car seat

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Revised: Monday June 26 2017


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