When to contact your maternity unit

when to contact your maternity unit during pregnancy

Everyone’s lives have changed since March and we know how different your maternity care has become. Face to face appointments have been reduced, but sometimes it is a necessity, and knowing when to contact your maternity team will help to improve the safety of you and your baby during these times, so you need to urgently contact your maternity unit if you have concerns about any of the following:




An active baby is usually a reassuring sign that your baby is well. A change to that pattern; moving less than normal or excessively can indicate that there may be a problem so it’s important to have this checked out as soon as possible. Read more in our blog.

changes in pattern of baby's movement
bleeding from your vagina



There are many causes of vaginal bleeding in pregnancy and most of those are not concerning. Occasionally though it can be a sign of a problem with the placenta, so any bleeding needs to be checked out to rule out those problems. Read our blog to find out more.




Whilst some stretching and aching in pregnancy can be normal, all abdominal pain or contraction before 37 weeks should be checked out so phone your maternity unit for further information and advice. Read our blog to find out more.


A woman having abdominal pain or contractions
feeling unwell and holding head with hand



It’s important that the source of your symptoms is found as it may be that you need medication or medical care to resolve it or prevent conditions from becoming more serious.




Never ignore your intuition – you are the expert on you. No-one knows you or your baby better than you do so if you have that niggling doubt, don’t ignore it, call your maternity unit.


Read our blogs to help you understand more throughout your pregnancy journey​