If a pregnant wāhine shows any of the following signs and symptoms, Health Services must be notified immediately:
- Vaginal bleeding or has vaginal discharge that is unusual for her.
- Her ‘waters’ leak or break before labour starts or, once they have broken, the fluid is dirty-looking, greenish or brown.
- If, once she has been regularly feeling her baby move, baby moves less than usual, or she cannot feel her baby move at all.
- If, after the first few weeks of pregnancy, she has pains or cramps in her abdomen.
- Her hands, feet or face suddenly swell.
- She has pain or burning when she passes urine – especially if she also has a fever and a sore back.
- Has a very bad headache and this lasts for more than a few hours.
- She can’t see well – has blurry vision or start to see white lights, flashes or dots in front of her eyes or have double vision.
- She falls on or hurts her abdomen – get this checked, even if she doesn’t feel hurt or sore.
- She is very thirsty, but she can’t pass urine.
- She starts feeling sick and throwing up in late pregnancy – especially if she has pain and a fever.
- She itches all over – especially if she has dark-coloured urine and pale bowel motions.
Reference: Ministry of Health, Danger signs during pregnancy, 2017