Postpartum Care – Danger Signs
When to call a doctor during postpartum period?
- Postpartum care is very important for you and your baby to be healthy. You shall call a doctor if you notice these things.
- You develop a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher. Do not eat, drink or smoke at least one and a half hours before taking the temperature. During breastfeeding there might be slight elevation of temperature of up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees Celsius).
- You have breast pain and tender breasts with firmness or red area on your breast or bleeding and cracked nipples. You can expect to have fullness and pressure in both your breasts for a couple of days when your milk comes in.
- Your vaginal bleed or postpartum bleeding is much heavier than your menstrual bleeding or if you observe big blood clots. Not much to worry if you have smaller clots.
- Your vaginal discharge develops a foul smell.
- You have severe postpartum cramping and abdominal pain. Some cramping is normal during breastfeeding.
- You suddenly experience increased urination.
- Your incision area has inflammation, pain, discharge and redness.
- You have remained constipated for three or more days.
- You are feeling too depressed or crying spells for three days or more.