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. Print and sign this pledge form to help keep your home smoke-free. Learn how you can make your car and 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.