Six Life-Threatening Obstetrical Emergencies

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

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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