When to call a health care professional during weeks 17 to

Knowing about potential problems and when to contact your health care provider are just as important now as ever before.

When to call

1 I Here's a guide to possibly troublesome signs and symptoms and when you I I should notify your health care provider in the fifth month.

Signs or symptoms

When to tell your health care provider

Vaginal bleeding or spotting

Slight spotting

Same day

Any spotting or bleeding lasting longer than a day

Immediately

Moderate to heavy bleeding

Immediately

Any amount of bleeding accompanied by pain, cramping, fever or chills

Immediately

Passing of tissue

Immediately

Persistent vaginal discharge that is greenish or yellowish, strong smelling or accompanied by redness, itching and irritation around the vulva throughout the day

Within 24 hours

Pain

Occasional pulling, twinging or pinching sensation on one or both sides of your abdomen

Next visit

Occasional mild headaches

Next visit

A moderate, bothersome headache that doesn't go away after treatment with acetaminophen (Tylenol, others)

Within 24 hours

A severe or persistent headache, especially with dizziness, faintness, nausea or vomiting, or visual disturbances

Immediately

Moderate or severe pelvic pain

Immediately

Any degree of abdominal or pelvic pain that doesn't subside within four hours

Within 24 hours

Leg cramp that awakens you from sleep

Next visit

Leg pain with redness and swelling

Immediately

Pain with fever or bleeding

Immediately

Signs or symptoms

When to tell your health care provider

Vomiting

Occasional

Next visit

Once every day

Next visit

More than three times a day or with inability to eat or drink between vomiting episodes

Within 24 hours

With pain or fever

Immediately

Other

Chills or fever (102 F or higher)

Immediately

Painful urination

Same day

Steady or heavy discharge of watery fluid from your vagina

Immediately

Cravings for nonfood substances, such as clay, dirt and laundry starch

Next visit

Consistently low mood, loss of pleasure in things you normally enjoy

Next visit

Above signs and symptoms along with thoughts of harming yourself or others

Immediately

Fatigue and weakness, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness or lightheadedness

Next visit if occurring occasionally Same day if occurring often

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100 Health Tips

100 Health Tips

Breakfast is the most vital meal. It should not be missed in order to refuel your body from functional metabolic changes during long hours of sleep. It is best to include carbohydrates, fats and proteins for an ideal nutrition such as combinations of fresh fruits, bread toast and breakfast cereals with milk. Learn even more tips like these within this health tips guide.

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