Six Life-Threatening Obstetrical Emergencies

With ruptured membranes, the pH will be brilliant blue, indicating alkaline.

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Today I’ll review the obstetrical symptoms of vaginal bleeding, decreased fetal movement, contractions, fluid loss, headache, and that ominous catch-all, “I just don’t feel very well.”

What these all have in common, is that they are common, usually innocent, and occasionally life-threatening. The other thing they all have in common is that they are a “today” emergency…in other words, whenever you encounter any of those symptoms, they should be evaluated today, not tomorrow or next week, or at the next prenatal visit.

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