During the weeks after delivery, call the doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Unexplained fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above
- Increased vaginal bleeding or a flow that is so heavy it saturates a sanitary napkin in less than an hour
- Redness, swelling, pus, or drainage around the site of an episiotomy or cesarean incision
- Painful urination
- Unexplained pain, tenderness, or swelling in your legs
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
- Increasing pain in your vaginal area
- Unexplained coughing, nausea, vomiting, or chest pain
- Inability to control your bowel movements
- Feelings of depression
- Thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby
- Breasts that are red, painful, or hot to the touch
Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.
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