Postpartum Symptoms: When to See a Doctor

When to see a doctor
When you are recovering from delivery, it is best to be on the side of caution if you feel that something is not right with you or with the baby. You should expect to have some discomfort as you heal. You should not begin to feel worse.
In general, if you have any of these postpartum symptoms, call your doctor.
• Heavy vaginal bleeding that soaks more than one pad per hour or vaginal bleeding that increases each day instead of decreasing
• Passing large clots (bigger than a quarter)
• Chills and/or a fever of more than 100.4°F
• Fainting or dizziness
• Changes to your vision or a severe headache (persistent)
• Painful urination or difficulty urinating
• Vaginal discharge with a strong odor
• Heart palpitations, chest pain or difficulty breathing
• Vomiting
• Incision from C-section or episiotomy is red, weepy (with pus), or swollen
• Abdominal (lower belly) pain that is getting worse or new abdominal pain
• Sore breasts that are red or feel hot to the touch
• Pain in your legs with redness or swelling.


Questions to ask your doctor
• How long until I will feel like myself again?
• Why am I still retaining water?
• How many calories should I eat while I’m breastfeeding?
• When can I begin exercising?
• How long should I wait before having sex again?
• Can I get pregnant while I’m breastfeeding?
• Why is my hair falling out?
• Are there foods I shouldn’t eat while breastfeeding?
• Why aren’t I losing weight?
• What are my options for birth control?
• Will my breasts go back to normal?
• Why do I have no interest in sex?

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