10 Signs of Emergencies After Delivery

10 Signs of Emergencies After Delivery


– Let’s review the things
you need to watch for that might be an emergency. If you have any bright
red vaginal bleeding that soaks through a
pad in an hour or less, if you pass a blood clot
bigger than your fist, or have any leg, groin, or chest pain, or shortness of breath, talk
with your nurse immediately. If you’ve gone home
already, you should seek emergency medical attention
for these symptoms. When you get home, it’s
going to be important for you to know what things to look for, or what’s normal and what’s not. If you start to develop an infection, you might notice some of
the following symptoms. A fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius or higher, chills, body aches, fatigue, headache, redness or swelling at the
site of your C-section incision or episiotomy, and foul-smelling discharge coming from the vagina
or an incision site. These are all signs of infection that you need to talk with
your doctor about right away. Signs of a urinary tract infection might be tricky to pick up on if you’ve had a vaginal delivery. A urinary tract infection is
going to cause you to have burning and pain when you urinate. Sometimes this happens with
your episiotomy as well. But if that pain or
burning doesn’t go away, or it’s getting worse, you
need to talk with your doctor about a possible urinary tract infection. Also, your breasts can
sometimes become infected. If your breasts become very
tender, swollen, or red, or if you have spots or
redness on your breasts, you need to talk with your doctor. If you have any constipation
that is unrelieved by stool softeners, or if you’re having a
difficult time urinating, you need to speak with your
doctor about that as well. If you are having any of the
postpartum depression symptoms that we talked about
earlier, where your emotions are interfering with your daily life, or you feel like injuring
yourself or your baby, or maybe you’ve just
lost interest in things that you used to find pleasure in, these are things that you need to talk with your doctor about. If you have questions on anything
we’ve talked about today, you can always look back in
your living and learning book. It talks about a lot more
topics in greater detail, or of course, you can
talk with your doctor. Congratulations on the birth of your baby. (gentle piano chimes)

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