Most women who give birth recover without any problems. However, any woman can have complications after the birth of a baby. Learning to recognize post-birth warning signs and knowing what to do can save her life.
What are the post-birth warning signs?
There are signs of potentially life-threatening complications that could affect you after you give births. Specific signs you should watch for include:
- Pain in your chest
- Shortness of breath
- Thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby
- Bleeding that is soaks through one pad/hour or blood clots the size of an egg
- Incision that is not healing
- Red or swollen leg that is painful or warm to touch
- Temperature of 100.4 or higher
When talking to a health care provider it is important to tell them that you just had a baby. You can begin the conversation with, “I had a baby on (date) and I am having (specific symptoms).” This will alert the health care provider that a woman’s symptoms could be related to a recent pregnancy.
Download the warning signs.
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