Pregnancy Conditions or Loss

During or following pregnancy, you may experience one of the following:

When to call the office

You are very important to us. Please let us know if a problem arises or if you have any concerns including:

  • Decrease in fetal movement after 24 weeks.
  • Persistent and severe lower pelvic pain.
  • Any vaginal bleeding.
  • Leakage or rupture of the “bag of water” or amniotic sac. This can be a small trickle of fluid or a large gush. Note the color, amount, time and if there is any odor.
  • Contractions (a tightening and relaxing of the uterus). True contractions generally become longer, stronger and closer together. Call when your  contractions are 5-7 minutes apart or are causing a lot of discomfort.
  • Symptoms of a urinary tract infection (painful urination, feeling like you must urinate right away or blood in the urine).
  • Fever of 100.4° F or above.
  • Severe headaches—especially if accompanied by visual disturbances or swelling in the face or hands.
  • Vomiting more than 2-3 times a day.
  • Vaginal itching, burning, foul odor and/or increased vaginal discharge.

If a problem occurs, call the office at 304-691-1400 or OB patient concern line at 681-378-4562. During normal office hours, one of our nurses or physicians will help answer any of your concerns. After usual office hours, you will be put in contact with the physician on call.