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
Smoking, drugs & alcohol
Smoking during pregnancy and exposure to second-hand smoke can lead to serious problems for you and your baby. If you smoke, now is a great time to quit and make your home smoke-free.
During pregnancy, it is best to avoid all medication, but there may be times when your doctor/midwife will recommend that you take medication.
The safest choice in pregnancy is to not drink any alcohol at all. No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy.