Leg pain and swollen calf - Warning signs during pregnancy

Pain in the legs can be caused by cramps, varicose veins or trapped nerves.

Immediate action required: Contact your midwife or GP immediately if:

  • one calf is red, swollen and hot

This can sometimes be a sign of a DVT, or deep vein thrombosis. DVT is a serious condition where a blood clot develops in the veins of the lower leg. This condition can be life-threatening if the clot moves and travels to the lungs.

If you're not sure you need urgent medical attention

Contact your midwife, GP or obstetrician immediately if you have any symptoms or signs that are causing you concern. Trust your instincts. It's better to be safe than sorry.


Other warning signs during pregnancy

There are other warning signs to watch out for during pregnancy. They could mean you're experiencing pregnancy complications or a medical emergency.

They can also be signs of a common ailment during pregnancy.

Warning signs include:

Immediate action required: Contact your midwife, GP or obstetrician immediately if:

  • you are worried about any aspect of your pregnancy

Page last reviewed: 26 March 2018
Next review due: 26 March 2021

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