We operate a 24-hour assessment room to deal with cases of emergency which can be found on the ground floor of Liverpool Women’s Crown Street site. It is important to bring your hand-held notes to all antenatal appointments as they contain important information about your care.
Women’s bodies go through a lot of changes during pregnancy. But while some bouts of discomfort and irritation can be self-managed, others should be checked out by your GP or midwife:
- Abdominal pain: while it’s normal to have slight contractions through pregnancy (this is when you feel your stomach contracting and relaxing), if you experience a sudden pain that won’t go away, contact the hospital on 0151 702 4413.
- Pain when passing urine: this could be a sign of infection which will need treatment. Drink plenty of fluid and contact your GP within 24 hours.
- Bleeding: whilst bleeding in pregnancy can be normal, it can also be a sign that something is wrong, especially if it is accompanied by pain. Bleeding at five months could mean that that the placenta has implanted at the lower part of the womb and this can be dangerous for you and your baby. Contact your GP straight away or the Gynaecology Emergency Room on 0151 702 4140 at Liverpool Women’s if you are at all concerned.
- Severe itching: while itching is common in pregnancy, severe itching without a rash (particularly in the last four months of pregnancy) can be a sign of a potentially dangerous liver disorder. Contact us on 0151 702 4413 if you are at all concerned.
- Vaginal discharge: a discharge that is smelly or bloodstained may point to infection and should be referred to your midwife or GP.
- Headaches or dizziness: may indicate increased blood pressure which is dangerous in pregnancy. Contact us on 0151 702 4413 if you are at all concerned.
- Swollen ankles or hands: normally common but any sudden changes should be reported to your GP or midwife as it could be a sign of pre-eclampsia – high blood pressure and fluid retention in pregnancy.
- Diarrhoea, vomiting or high fever: any sudden ‘acute’ illnesses should be referred immediately to your GP or midwife.
- If at any time you feel your baby is moving around less frequently or slowing down contact us on 0151 702 4413.
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