• Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Seek Urgent Care Instead of Seeing Their OB/GYN

    on Dec 19th, 2018

Pregnancy is an exciting time. But it can also be stressful. You want to make sure that every precaution is taken to ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Yet, sometimes can be difficult to know whether a symptom is normal and can wait to be addressed at your regular OB/GYN appointment or requires immediate attention from urgent care.

AccuHealth Urgent Care physicians, who see many expectant women throughout St. Louis, offer the following guidelines. Here are four situations for which you should not wait to seek medical intervention.

1. Unusually heavy bleeding

It’s common for women early on in their pregnancy to experience some bleeding. You should be concerned if the bleeding causes you to rapidly cycle through your pads or tampons. That could be a sign of the following issues.

  1. Placenta previa – Caused when the placenta starts growing over the opening of the cervix.
  2. Ruptured ectopic pregnancy – Caused when the fetus grows in one of the fallopian tubes instead of inside the uterus.
  3. Uterine rupture – Uterus rupturing can happen in cases where women have had previous uterine surgery.
  4. Placental abruption – Caused when the placenta separates prematurely from the uterus.

All these conditions require immediate emergency intervention. It’s best to seek out urgent care in cases like these instead of waiting for an appointment with your regular OB/GYN. Your bleeding may not be related to any of the above conditions. An urgent care center can help diagnose the actual cause of your issues.

AccuHealth Urgent Care doctors tare experts who will either reassure you that all is fine, or help get you to the right facility for further treatment.

2. Severe cramps or abdominal pain

Most pregnant women don’t start experiencing abdominal pain until it’s time to go into labor. That’s why it’s important to seek out immediate care if you’re in extreme pain. You may also experience the pain in your lower back.

Your urgent care physician can check you out and make sure you’re not having issues that end up sending you into premature labor. They can also make sure you’re not in danger of having any reproductive organs rupture.

3. Fainting and dizziness

Pregnant women experiencing sudden bouts of light-headedness can be suffering from mild preeclampsia or high blood pressure issues during pregnancy. Another symptom: a chronic headache. Urgent care physicians will check your blood pressure and determine the severity of your condition.

Untreated high blood pressure during pregnancy can restrict the flow of blood to your fetus. It can lead to seizures or even organ damage. If you suspect you're suffering from high blood pressure, visit urgent care; don't wait. 

Waiting to see your OB/GYN can be agonizing if you’re worried that your symptoms might be a sign of something going seriously wrong with your pregnancy. AccuHealth Urgent Care helps pregnant women in St. Louis, Missouri, receive urgent care and reassurance about the state of their pregnancy. You can always visit our office without an appointment, call us at (314) 394-4486 or book an appointment online.

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