If you have concerns

I know I should be happy, but I’m not. What’s wrong with me?

If you are struggling emotionally during your pregnancy, you’re not alone. Many expectant parents want to be happy and excited, but instead they feel anxious, worried, overwhelmed or numb. And while these emotions are all a normal part of such a big life change, if they’re stopping you from doing your daily routine or taking good care of yourself, you need to reach out for help.

• Talk to your doctor or midwife about your feelings
• Look into resources provided by VCH
• Call the Pacific Post Partum Support Society

If you are having thoughts of suicide or feel that you are in crisis, you must get help immediately. Go to your nearest emergency department or call the Crisis Line at 1.800.784.2433

I’m bleeding! Am I having a miscarriage?

Probably not, so try not to get too upset. Most women who have bleeding in early pregnancy go on to have healthy babies. However, bleeding can be a sign that something is wrong, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. Do not insert anything into your vagina while bleeding; use pads, not tampons. If you have any of these symptoms while experiencing bleeding, you must go to your nearest emergency department:

• You are bleeding so much that you are soaking though more than two pads per hour
• You have a fever
• You have painful abdominal cramps (more than mild menstrual cramps)
• Your pain is one sided
• You feel dizzy or light-headed.

Learn more about bleeding during early pregnancy.

Something’s wrong! Do I need to go to the emergency department?

Go to the emergency department or contact your doctor/midwife right away if you are in a motor vehicle accident (even a minor one). You should also get medical attention right away if you have any of these symptoms:

• Bad cramps or stomach pains that don’t go away
• Any bleeding from your vagina
• A trickle or gush of fluid from you vagina; a big increase in vaginal discharge
• Sudden lower back pain/pressure
• A feeling like the baby is pushing down
• Contractions, or a change in how strong and often they come
• Fever, chills, dizziness, vomiting or bad headaches
• Blurred vision or seeing spots before your eyes
• Sudden or severe swelling of your feet, hands or face