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When to call your doctor

Vaginal bleeding — Call your doctor any time you notice bright red vaginal bleeding. It is normal to have a pinkish discharge after a vaginal exam by your doctor or after intercourse.

When your baby does not move — As your baby grows during the last three months of your pregnancy, fetal movements will be much more noticeable, even causing discomfort. As an expectant mom, you’ll become accustomed to these movements and actually enjoy feeling this life inside you.

If the activity pattern of your baby changes, or if you do not feel movement, let your doctor know.

When your bag of water breaks — When your water breaks, you may notice a large gush or a constant trickle. The fluid lost through your vagina should be clear and usually have no odor; however, it could also be a greenish color. At times, as the baby gets larger and rests on your bladder, movement will cause an involuntary loss of urine. The color and odor will help you distinguish the difference; also, once the bag of water does break, you will continue to lose fluid, and usually will need to wear a sanitary pad to catch the fluid.

Please let your doctor know if your water is broken.

When you have severe frontal headaches — If you experience any severe headaches, visual disturbances or severe stomachaches (severe heartburn that is not relieved with an antacid), call your doctor.

When you are not due and you notice contractions — If you are more than three weeks from your due date, call your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Menstrual-like cramps
  • Intestinal-like cramps with or without diarrhea
  • Pelvic pressure or rhythmic tightening that feels different from what you are used to and is less than 10 minutes apart
  • Watery discharge
  • A gush of fluid from the vagina

New Generations Birthing Center – Janesville

At Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center
1000 Mineral Point Ave.
Janesville, WI 53548
Driving directions
(608) 756-6000  •  (800) 756-4147


New Generations Birthing Center – Lake Geneva

At Mercy Walworth Hospital and Medical Center
Hwys. 50 and 67, N2950 State Road 67
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
Driving directions
(262) 245-0535  •  (877) 893-5503

Serving the communities of Walworth County including: Lake Geneva, Delavan, Elkhorn and Williams Bay.