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Do I phone an ambulance?

(57 Posts)
sweetiepie1979 Wed 10-Jul-13 18:22:12

Awh for goodness sake. I'm 26 weeks pregnant. Phoned doctors at 5.30 to ask could I call in before 6 to get blood pressure checked. Doctor took call and said describe symptoms. I have headache face pressure and a sort of uncomfortable ness in chest like its hard to take big deep breath. I can breathe though. Presumed that was just big bump getting higher, Doctor said she would see me but send me to hospital so I'd be as well phoning an ambulance. I just wanted my blood pressure checked. now at home wondering if I should phone an ambulance. I'd feel a bit silly really doing that. At home alone with toddler anyway. No one to look after her.

5madthings Wed 10-Jul-13 18:23:16

Take a taxi to hospital and get checked out.

FairyThunderthighs Wed 10-Jul-13 18:23:49

I felt like that when I was going into labour, before my waters went. Sorry. Is there nobody at all to look after dd?

SallyCinnamon1 Wed 10-Jul-13 18:24:27

Well, do you have anyone who could drive you, you could always take a taxi - I would try and contact someone to have dd, or come with you to look after her.

If you have no one then take her along. Ambulance is fine if you've no one to drive you there and taxi is too dear.

I hope you are Ok, could be pre eclampsia, so do what Dr says xxx

RobotBananas Wed 10-Jul-13 18:25:37

You definitely need your BP checking - is there anybody that can take your toddler so you can get to hospital? They'll want to check your urine too.

When this happened to me they told me to go straight to the hospital, but as long as you can get there fairly quickly you don't need to call an ambulance.

if dr says go to hospital then you have to go to hospital, take dd with you if you need to, I hope everything is ok. x

RobotBananas Wed 10-Jul-13 18:26:47

Meant to add - if ambulance is your only option then of course do that.

They'll advise when you ring anyway

TwasBrillig Wed 10-Jul-13 18:30:37

Taxi definitely. Unless its incredibly urgent you have on board medical equipment as they will just leave you in a and e anyway.

Alternatively call your labour ward and ask if they want to see you, warn them you have a toddler and catch a taxi direct.

RobotBananas Wed 10-Jul-13 18:32:19

Good idea to ring the ward, but tell them your doctor has advised you to come in, and ask them if they think it warrants an ambulance

sweetiepie1979 Wed 10-Jul-13 18:50:17

But surely Im fine? I'll look up per eclampsia...

dont look up anything of the sort <stern talking to> just go and get checked out then if everything is fine come home and sleep, google is bad.

FairyThunderthighs Wed 10-Jul-13 18:53:56

You might well be fine but it's best to get checked out just in case smile

RobotBananas Wed 10-Jul-13 19:15:18

OP - you may well be fine, but you MUST go to the hospital and get your BP and urine checked. Sooner the better.

Just ring the ward and see what they say.

MojitoMagnet Wed 10-Jul-13 19:21:54

Yes go to hosp - take the toddler with you if necessary. Yes it will be a massive pain especially if everything is fine, but if everything is NOT fine you could be taking a huge risk by not going in.

Hope you are well soon.

Pre-eclampsia is a rare but very serious condition which has its first symptoms including high blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure at this stage in pregnancy you need to be seen immediately by a medical professional. Don't panic or anything, it's more likely that you are fine, but don't take the risk of assuming it will go away.

Roshbegosh Wed 10-Jul-13 19:24:28

It may not be helpful right now but perhaps buying a BP monitor from Superdrug would be good. They don't cost much, are easy to use and a good thing to have at home anyway IMO.

maja00 Wed 10-Jul-13 19:26:33

If a doctor tells you to go to hospital, then go to hospital!

nona2706 Wed 10-Jul-13 19:28:00

Go to hospital and get checked.i had headaches n pressure in my chest and ended up going in to get checked out and had pre-eclampsia. I thought i was fine.

BettyBi0 Wed 10-Jul-13 19:28:34

Definitely get it checked out especially if you are having any difficulty breathing. Just ring your local midwife helpline number and they will tell you where is best to go. Probably just get a taxi to your local walk-in clinic at A&E.

Maybe in the future also get a home blood pressure monitor. You can get them for around £15 from Lloyds Pharmacy or Amazon and they can be really handy for following your own general trend. You can bring it with you to a midwife/GP appointment to double check the reading is consistent with theirs and that you are using it correctly.

HandMini Wed 10-Jul-13 19:29:04

Stop fannying around and go to hospital. Googling pre-eclampsia will get you, er, nowhere. And take a taxi if possible.

OrangeJuiceSandwich Wed 10-Jul-13 19:33:05

I would just take a taxi tbh. Unless your life is in imminent danger I don't think an ambulance is really necessary.

The doctor said go to hospital, so please go, taking your toddler if you have to. Don't feel silly at all about following the doctor's advice or asking a friend or neighbour to look after your toddler while you get checked. As you say, most likely all is fine, but the doctor said you need to be checked at hospital. Hope you are on your way now, take care.

Convert Wed 10-Jul-13 19:33:22

You need to be seen. Get a taxi or someone to take you if at all possible but don't leave it. I had headaches and pressure feeling, I ignored it and ended up with emergency c section. All was fine but make sure you go. Hope everything is ok x

RobotBananas Wed 10-Jul-13 19:41:19

OP please don't ignore everybody here - I've been where you are, GP sent me straight to the hospital, its really really important.

Don't let this run into one of those threads that goes for pages and pages. Going go the hospital is absolutely not an over reaction in this situation and is entirely appropriate.

Ring the bloody ward at least!

Go to the hospital ASAP. Please.

ImaHexGirl Wed 10-Jul-13 20:17:59

Please go. Even if you don't think it warrants an ambulance get a taxi. The heat may well be the cause but please don't take any chances. I'm sure all will be well but please put your mind at rest. No one at the hospital will think you're wasting their time. Will be thinking of you.

WouldBeHarrietVane Wed 10-Jul-13 20:18:12

Go to the hospital now!

One of the ladies on my antenatal thread felt a bit headachy when mw was seeing her. Mw did her bp - she had preeclampsia and had to go straight into hospital - it is potentially VERY serious if you have this - you owe it to your toddler to protect yourself by getting a check.

ImaHexGirl Wed 10-Jul-13 20:19:04

I meant to say go even if you have a toddler in tow.

edam Wed 10-Jul-13 20:24:22

I hope OP is on her way to hospital now...

Please check back and let us know how you are

Forgetfulmog Wed 10-Jul-13 20:48:27

Op I remember you from another thread, really hope you're ok. Btw how's the back?!

sweetiepie1979 Wed 10-Jul-13 20:50:52

Hi just bathed toddler and put her to bed had some paracetamol for headache. I hate when people don't take everyone's advice on here but Im gok g to leave it to the morning and go to doctor. I checked my urine with ketosis stick and no protein so that's good. I get the pressure mostly after I eat and I really think that I'm fine. I think doctor was concerned I had chest pains despite me saying it was uncomfortable rather than pain about 3 times and she just wanted to be extra extra careful. I will get back to everyone tomorrow after going to doctors for blood pressure check.

sweetiepie1979 Wed 10-Jul-13 21:07:17

Actually just realised ketones have nothing to do with protein. Sorry I hope I'm not coming across like an idiot. Just no family near by and husband working late. Neighbours very much keep themselves to themselves and wouldn't be comfortable asking them to look after dd. I'm happy to wait to tomorrow morning. Thanks for everybody's advice.

Helpyourself Wed 10-Jul-13 21:07:55

hmm the doctor told you to to hospital.
Every poster here agreed, and you've taken paracetamol.
Why ask if you're going to ignore advice? And as an aside why do you think a kerosis stick would tell you anything about protein in your urine?

Helpyourself Wed 10-Jul-13 21:09:43

x post.
Glad you realised that, but do go to hospital.

RobotBananas Wed 10-Jul-13 21:18:57

Please just ring the ward. Just see what they say.

Can your husband leave work?

Do you have pain under your ribs?

awkwardsis Wed 10-Jul-13 21:23:28

OP I know it's awkward with another dc to look after, but bundle them up and get a taxi. I had the same symptoms and was admitted immediately as they suspected I had a clot on my lung. I was fine, as was ds (I was about 7 months pg) but I was so glad I went to hospital when i was told to. You may feel fine, but you're not wasting anyone's time and you could be saving you or your child's life. Please just go.

sweetiepie1979 Wed 10-Jul-13 21:24:59

I asked because I needed advice I know I'm not taking it I'm sorry. No I've no pain at all. Yes I might phone the ward.

RobotBananas Wed 10-Jul-13 21:28:15

Ok, well do you know what the signs are? It sounds like you have no symptoms at the moment.

Do let us know what the ward says.

RobotBananas Wed 10-Jul-13 21:30:17
TweenageAngst Wed 10-Jul-13 21:30:39

Chest/breathing tightness can be symptoms of pulmonary embolism . Pregnancy puts you at higher risk of this. I am baffled. Your gp told you to go to hospital 30 internet randoms have suggested you go to hospital , something's clearly not quite right yet you choose to take paracetemol and bath the toddler.

Second that, please listen to the doctor and go to hospital. What is stopping you? The feeling that you are being silly or wasting their time? You really aren't. Wrap your toddler up and get going.

FairyThunderthighs Wed 10-Jul-13 21:47:21

They were worried with my symptoms, had me on an ECG, they were preparing the clexane when I went into active labour. I was showing signs of a lung clot and they took it very seriously. Turns out I was OK but it could have been very serious. I don't understand why you're not at the hospital right now.

WouldBeHarrietVane Wed 10-Jul-13 21:49:45

Op if you are seriously ill your toddler will suffer much much more than they will if you go to hospital now and disturb them.

Please go!

willow777 Wed 10-Jul-13 21:59:34

Please go. I lost someone close to me from a clot on the lung. You never know. promise you it's worth checking. Good luck.x

edam Wed 10-Jul-13 22:00:30

sweetiepie this is one of those occasions where you really should Do What You Are Told and not argue. Imagine the MN collective is a stern matron in an old-fashioned hospital.

Seriously, don't take any risks. The doctor wants you in hospital. Your symptoms are worrying. There's no point being a hero and playing it down - you need to be checked out. What use will you be to your dd if you do soldier on only, God forbid, something happens and you are alone? Call dh and get him to meet you at the hospital. At the very least, CALL them. Now!

katydid02 Wed 10-Jul-13 22:09:57

Well said edam. OP, just GO TO THE SODDING HOSPITAL AND DO AS YOU ARE TOLD. Then come back when you can and let us know.

i really hope you've gone to the hospital

why on earth would you take the risk and not go? confused seriously... your doctor is worried... doctors dont tend to send you to hospital for no reason... SO GO!!!!!!!! angry

Is your DH home yet, how are you feeling now?

Iwillorderthefood Wed 10-Jul-13 22:43:29

You will never forgive yourself if something happens. Please go. I had to drag my little one to hospital when the GP could not find a heart beat. She sat on my legs whilst they monitored me.

Yes it seems like hassle, but you could be endangering your baby, yourself and therefore your other child.

CinnamonAddict Wed 10-Jul-13 23:14:14

Another stern look here: Call them at least!

I hope you did and you are in hospital now.

I hope the OP has gone to the hospital. Speaking as someone who lost her eldest son because he was born prematurely at 26 weeks and also had pre-eclampsia with my second son it makes me really cross when people ignore the advice of their doctors and the collective of MN and put their own health and that of their baby at risk!!

RobotBananas Thu 11-Jul-13 08:05:48

How are you this morning OP?

Montybojangles Thu 11-Jul-13 11:44:54

Hope you are ok op

sweetiepie1979 Thu 11-Jul-13 12:36:47

Hello all, thank you very much for your replys and concerns. My husband got home about 11 last night and I still thought best to wait and go to doctor this morning. I had blood pressure and temp taken and she had a listen of my chest.and checked urine. I had a very stressful morning on phone to bank do if my blood pressure was ok this morning, then I must be fine. All is well, suspected sinus and indigestion. I'm sorry I continued to not take anybodys advice after asking. I felt like there wasn't anything serious wrong so I knew trip to hospital with a toddler was going to be more stress for me. So once again thank you everyone particualRl to those who shared their own experiences.

Glad all is well, but I still don't get your logic! Take care, hope you feel better soon.

ihearttc Fri 12-Jul-13 13:23:55

Just to say your BP may well be absolutely fine now but that does not mean you aren't getting Pre-Eclampsia.

I had a check with hospital at 31 weeks with DS2 and my BP was fine...it was actually lower than it had been previously. 3 days later I felt a bit odd for want of a better description...my chest felt strange and my eyes went all funny so went home and got someone to pick my DS1 up from school and got the train to hospital (I know I was crazy but just knew I didn't want to drive).

They checked me there and my BP was still ok and had no protein in urine but luckily a fantastic doctor was concerned enough to want to admit me despite me begging to go home...his response was "Ive seen this all go wrong too many times like this so please stay" and I did.

The next morning I felt a bit better and my BP was still ok (they were doing it hourly) but by the afternoon it gradually began creeping up and I started to swell up. They monitored me over night every half hour and although my BP was high it was stable. By the next morning I resembled a balloon and could barely breathe so they decide to try and induce me in the afternoon...they were going to give me a few hours to see if anything happened as Id had a baby before and if not Id have a CS. Thankfully 4 hours later DS2 appeared and was whisked away to NICU weighing just over 3lb.

Pre-Eclampsia is a terrible thing. Apart from feeling slightly odd a couple of days beforehand I had no inclination that it was going to go like it did...it can literally come on overnight which is why its so so important to always get checked out.

If I hadn't have gone to hospital that day and that doctor hadn't have admitted then the little boy that is causing havoc in my lounge wouldn't be here now.

Please please take seriously what everyone is saying to you x

nellyjelly Fri 12-Jul-13 13:34:33

If doc says go to hospital you should go! If it had have been pre-eclampsia you know the outcomes for that don't you? It can come on very quickly and cause death tonthe mother and child.

Always err on side of caution when pregnant. Glad you are ok though.

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