New-Mom Red Alert
If you experience any of these issues during the six weeks after you give birth, call your doctor immediately. They can signal a health problem.
- Chills or fever of 100.5?F or higher
- Sudden heavy bleeding (soaking more than one pad an hour) or lots of large clots
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharg
- Severe pain or redness surrounding, or discharge from, a C-section incision or an episiotomy
- Fainting, nausea, or vomiting
- Frequent urination or burning during urination
- Constipation that lasts seven days or longer
- Swelling, redness (or red streaks), and pain in your breasts, accompanied by fever
- A tender, swollen, or red area on your leg
- Persistent headaches or vision changes
- Excessive swelling of the face, fingers, or feet
- Intense sadness or feeling that you can't care for your baby
Originally published in the October 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.
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