When to call?
During the pregnancy we will provide detailed information on when to call and on the course of the delivery. Below you will find some general guidelines on when we definitely want you to call us. The most important thing to remember is that you may always contact us if you are worried about something!
Before 37 weeks
If you notice signs of amniotic fluid loss, contractions, or blood loss before 37 weeks of pregnancy, always call us! This is still too early and will in most cases be a reason to deliver at the hospital.
Another situation in which you must always contact us is if you notice a reduction in foetal movements or a change in pattern of the movements that you are worried about. In general, the frequency of the baby’s movements must remain the same during the pregnancy, although the type of movements and the force of the movements can change.
From 37 weeks
* Contractions every four minutes lasting 60 seconds or more
* Stained amniotic fluid (dark yellow, green, or brown) and/or if the baby’s head hasn’t yet entered the pelvis
* Blood loss (as you would have during a period; a little blood with mucus is normal)
If you have delivered a child before
* Contractions every five minutes lasting 60 seconds or more
* Coloured amniotic fluid (dark yellow, green, or brown) and/or if the baby’s head hasn’t yet entered the pelvis
* Blood loss (as you would experience during menstruation; a little blood with mucus is normal)