There are lots of changes to your body that occur during pregnancy which can leave you feeling uncomfortable. Recognising what is normal and when to ask for help is important for you and your baby’s health.
It is extremely common to experience abdominal pain that gets better by itself or improves with simple painkillers such as paracetamol 2x 500mg tablets (1g) 4-6 hourly not exceeding 4g in 24hours. However, if you experience pain associated with reduced baby movements or vaginal bleeding, you need to contact your maternity team.
What we mean when we say “severe moderate or mild pain’’:
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if you are over 20 weeks pregnant call your maternity unit immediately if you have:
if you are over 20 weeks pregnant call your maternity unit if you have:
See your GP (or NHS 111 out of hours) if you have:
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You need to contact your maternity unit or GP/NHS 111 depending on the advice to the left.
self care at home:
2x 500mg tablets (1g) Paracetamol 4-6hourly, not exceeding 4g in 24hours.
If pain is made worse by physical activity- rest
Contact your maternity unit if you are still concerned
Your local maternity unit is staffed 24 hours a day with obstetrician s and midwives to help care for you, your baby and your pregnancy related health concerns. For some AMBER concerns it may be possible to be seen in a midwifery led unit if it is more convenient for you. For health concerns that are not related to your pregnancy you are advised to see your GP, call NHS 111 out of hours, or attend A&E if it is an emergency.To find the contact numbers for your local maternity unit, please click here.
Whilst you may have individual contact details for your community midwife, if you are concerned about your pregnancy we advise you call the maternity unit on the numbers provided because staff are available 24 hours a day. Please do not leave urgent voicemails or text on a community midwife’s phone.
GPs assess, treat and manage a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, give vaccinations and can arrange referral to a hospital specialist should you need it. Whilst pregnant, you will have regular appointments with a midwife but it is still important to continue with any ongoing care from your GP.
You have a choice of service:
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NHS 111 can ask you questions to assess your symptoms, give you advice or can put you in touch with a GP out of usual working hours.
A&E departments provide vital care for life threatening emergencies, such as suspected heart attack or breathing difficulties. If you are not sure it’s an emergency, call 111 for advice.