Most postpartum complications occur within 15 days after childbirth. It’s important to monitor your health after giving birth to look for any warning signs.
What are signs of postpartum complications?
After childbirth, you may be more focused on caring for your baby than yourself. This may result in neglecting your own health and missing some signs of complications that may occur within a few days, weeks, or even months after the delivery of your child.
Call your doctor right away if you experience any of these signs or symptoms:
- Fever higher than 100.4 degrees F
- Discharge, pain, or redness around the C-section wound
- Vaginal wound that does not heal or worsens
Bleeding that is heavier than your normal period or that keeps increasing is a sign of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), or uncontrolled bleeding that occurs after delivery. This is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.
Breast redness and pain
Painful lumps in the breast
Hard, painful lumps in the breast may also be a sign of mastitis. Lumps are more likely to form because of breast engorgement, which occurs when you don’t release milk regularly or forget to clean your nipples after each feed.
Severe pain in your lower abdomen
Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Pain or burning sensation while peeing
You may have a UTI and experience additional symptoms such as pain in the lower abdomen.
Pain, swelling, redness, or warmth in your legs
You may have deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is the formation of blood clots in the deep veins of the leg. Being overweight or being on prolonged bed rest can increase the risk of developing this condition.
Sudden shortness of breath
Changes in vision, dizziness, severe headache
New-onset chest pain
Postpartum depression (PPD) can fill you with feelings of anxiety and hopelessness caused by the sudden change in your life brought about by the birth of your baby. You may be unable to take care of yourself and your baby. In severe cases, PPD can lead to suicidal thoughts.
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