When to Call the Doctor
Post-delivery problems that need a doctor’s care.
It’s normal to feel a certain amount of discomfort after giving birth. Here are signs that something more serious is going on.
Call your doctor right away if you experience:
- Heavy bleeding that soaks through a sanitary pad in an hour
- Lochia that is still bright red four days after giving birth, starts up again after decreasing, or has blood clots larger than a quarter
- Severe or persistent pain in your pelvis or abdomen
- Worsening pain in your vagina or perineum, foul-smelling discharge, or swelling or discharge at the site of a perineal tear or episiotomy
- C-section incision pain that increases or persists beyond the first few weeks, or signs of an infected incision, such as swelling, redness, or discharge
- Trouble urinating, including a strong urge to go frequently without a lot coming out, dark or bloody urine, or pain or burning while urinating
- A fever
- Severe or persistent pain, tenderness or warmth in your leg, or one leg that’s more swollen than the other
- A painful, swollen area in your breast that doesn’t go away after nursing or warm compresses — this may be accompanied by red streaks, a fever and flu-like symptoms
- Severe or persistent headaches
- Vision problems, such as blurring, dimming, double vision, or flashing spots or lights
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Hallucinations, strange voices, or troubling thoughts about hurting yourself or the baby
Call 911 if you:
- Are bleeding profusely
- Have fainted or feel like you’re about to
- Feel chest pain, shortness of breath, or are coughing up blood
Call 206-386-BABY (2229)
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