When should I call?
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You will get quicker and more thorough answers to your questions if you call during office hours. If we need to see you in the office or call in a prescription for you, there won’t be any delay or unnecessary trips to the emergency room. Many prescriptions cannot be filled without checking your chart first.
Don’t postpone your call until after work or until your condition gets worse!
- In case of bleeding
Many pregnancies are accompanied by some spotting, usually following sex. However, if you start to bleed heavily (more than a maxi-pad every hour) or if your bleeding is accompanied by strong cramping, you should contact us immediately.
- If the baby hasn’t moved at least ten times a day
After about 24 weeks you should feel the baby move at least 10 times a day. If your baby has not moved, it is important for you to do the following: get something to drink that contains sugar, but not caffeine (Sprite, 7Up); go to a quiet place without distractions (TV or people); and lay down for 30 minutes. If the baby has not moved 3 times during that time, contact us immediately.
- If you are having contractions
Before 36 weeks:
Lie down with your feet slightly higher than your head, making yourself as comfortable as possible. If you can, lie on your left side. Drink two glasses of water (dehydration is a common factor in experiencing premature contractions). Time the contractions. If they get closer than 7 minutes apart and are getting stronger despite lying down and drinking water, please contact us or go to Labor and Delivery at Salina Regional Health Center.
After 36 weeks:
Follow the instructions above. You may wait to go to Labor and Delivery until the contractions are coming regularly every five minutes and lasting 45 seconds or if the pain from the contractions worsens.