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
Pregnancy is a time when you want to make sure you are doing everything you can to take care of yourself. You may have questions about how to cope with morning sickness or heartburn. You may be wondering if you can still exercise, go to work or need to be concerned about environmental exposures. In this section you will find information about the common concerns of pregnancy, smoking, drugs and/or alcohol use, keeping safe and things you need to consider at home and work.