When to Call Your Obstetrician

Watch out for these warning signs that you may need medical attention.

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
  • Hallucinations
  • Breasts that are red, painful, or hot to the touch

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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