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When Should I Go to the ER


When Should I go to the Emergency Room?

Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of your life and we understand the unknown can cause stress and concern for the safety of you and your baby.

Some things you experience may actually be normal and others may require immediate medical attention. It is very important to know when to contact our office and when to go to the Emergency Room.

Call Our Office if you experience any of the following during our normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8a-4p):

• Bleeding or spotting that is mild and not accompanied
with any other symptoms
• Pelvic pain or lower back pain
• Abdominal pain or diarrhea
• Mild nausea and vomiting
• Sudden decrease in fetal movement
• Mild cramping

Go to the Emergency Room if you experience the following:

  • Severe or sudden heavy bleeding

  • Leaking fluid from the vagina

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Chest pain or pressure

  • Inability to keep water down or medications

No one knows your body like you do, so if something does not feel right, do not hesitate to go to the emergency room or dial 911.

Facts about the first trimester of pregnancy

  • Approximately 25% of women experience slight bleeding during their first trimester. Even heavy, prolonged bleeding can be associated with a normal outcome.  

  • In over 90% of pregnancies in which vaginal bleeding occurs at 7-11 weeks and a fetal heartbeat is detected, pregnancy continues.

  • High levels of the hormone progesterone occur during pregnancy and can slow down muscle contractions that normally move food through your system causing constipation.

  • A thin, milky white discharge (called leukorrhea) can be seen early in your pregnancy. If the discharge has an odor, is green or yellow or if there's a lot of clear discharge, contact our office.



Gallatin Women's Center
437 E. Main Street
Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone: 615-452-8705
Fax: 615-452-8740

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