Postpartum Problems (cont.)

Many health and fitness clubs, hospitals and local community colleges also offer postpartum exercise classes. In addition to providing specially designed exercises, these classes can be a great way to network with other new mothers and get the support you need to stick with an exercise program.

Call Your Doctor If:

Continue to be aware of any unusual changes in your body in the days and weeks after delivery. Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms. They could indicate a serious postpartum complication.

  • Vaginal bleeding heavier than your normal period.
  • Increasing or persistent pain in the vaginal or perineal area.
  • Fever over 100.4 degrees F.
  • Sore breasts that are hot to the touch.
  • Pain, swelling or tenderness in your legs.
  • Cough or chest pain.
  • Pain or burning when urinating, or a persistent and sudden urge to urinate.
  • Nausea and/or vomiting.
  • You feel depressed, have a lack of interest in your baby, or have suicidal or violent thoughts or hallucinations.

Originally published March 2000

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