If You're Having Pregnancy Complications, Go to the ER, Not the OB/GYN

If you’re concerned about more-severe-than-usual pregnancy symptoms, read on to find out why you should treat these complicat

Pregnancy is an exciting time in any woman's life, but it can also bring about some unwanted stress. It can be challenging to differentiate between symptoms most appropriately addressed in your next prenatal visit and those that require immediate medical attention. Keeping you and your child safe is our top priority. When time is of the essence, pregnant women should go to the emergency room instead of calling their obstetrician.

At Trusted ER, our emergency medical staff is trained to address a wide range of urgent medical needs in women's health and OB/GYN care. Our team of dedicated experts is available to you with facilities located in Dallas, Coppell, and Hurst, Texas.

What are some OB/GYN emergencies?

You should head to a Trusted ER center if you're experiencing any of the following symptoms:

Our team is equipped to address any pregnancy complications that you may be experiencing, including early pregnancy (up to 24 weeks). If pregnancy symptoms you're experiencing seem out of the ordinary, do not hesitate to visit one of our centers.

Identifying OB/GYN emergencies

During your pregnancy, you will have special medical needs that may require immediate attention.

Spotting and vaginal bleeding 

Spotting in early pregnancy is normal, with 20-30% of women reporting spotting or light

bleeding. If you've discovered that you're spotting, it could be the result of irritation to the cervix, lifting heavy objects, or sexual intercourse. If the bleeding becomes similar to your period or worse, you should consider visiting one of our Trusted ER facilities.

Our physicians will perform an evaluation to determine if the bleeding is severe enough to warrant immediate medical attention. Using an ultrasound, your physician will be able to explain what's going on with your pregnancy. Bleeding can be serious and mean several things, but it is crucial to remain calm. Heavy bleeding coupled with severe cramping or abdominal pain could be a sign of a threatened miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or placental abruption.

The cause of bleeding can be determined by one of our physicians by first determining what trimester the fetus is currently undergoing. Our experts can help mitigate some of your stress by providing convenient on-site and follow-up care.

Nausea, vomiting, and flu-like symptoms 

It is common to experience some nausea and vomiting while pregnant; however, if your nausea is severe, this could cause some serious health risks. If you become unable to eat or drink regularly, you could become malnourished or dehydrated. One of our physicians will prescribe medications, along with putting you on a special diet plan tailored to your needs. 

Pregnant women run the risk of contracting illnesses at a higher rate than women who are not pregnant. Women who are pregnant and contract the flu can have severe complications with their pregnancy as a result. It is important to prevent this by getting the flu vaccine and maintaining proper hygiene.

Premature contractions or notable decrease in baby's activity level  

Braxton Hicks or false labor contractions that are unpredictable, varied, non-rhythmic, and do not increase in intensity tend to subside in about an hour. Drinking plenty of water can help you avoid this. If your contractions are painful, felt in your lower back area, or if they make it difficult to walk, you should seek immediate medical attention. 

Contractions that are 10 minutes apart or less warrant an urgent visit to the emergency room. Our team at Trusted ER centers is qualified to handle the stress of early labor, ensuring top-quality service and care for you and your child. If it is too early for your baby to be born, one of our physicians may be able to assist in stopping the labor.

What to expect during your visit

As soon as you arrive at one of our Trusted ER centers, our staff members will greet you and take you into an examination room. One of our physicians will consult with you about your reason for visiting and inquire about your medical history. Your physician may determine that it is necessary to conduct a physical exam or take additional tests. There is an on-site laboratory and radiology department where your test results can be received soon after.

Once your exams are complete, your specialist will determine a diagnosis. If needed, they will prescribe any medications and a treatment plan specific to your needs. If your specialist feels as though you should be put under supervised care, observation suites are available where you'll receive regular medical care.

If you’re worried about pregnancy complications, call or simply walk into one of our full-service, 24-hour emergency service centers.

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