Postpartum Care for Mothers
The postpartum period is critical recovery time for mothers and their newborns. New mothers go through many changes after delivering a baby. Some discomforts, like being sore and really tired, are normal in the weeks after giving birth. However, some women experience complications after birth than can cause serious, life-threatening health problems.
POST-BIRTH Warning Signs
POST-BIRTH is an acronym to help mothers identify problems in the hours, days, weeks and months after giving birth.
|Call 911 if you have:||
Pain in chest
Obstructed breathing or shortness of breath
Thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby
Call your health care provider if you have:
(If you can’t reach your provider, go to urgent care, an emergency room, or call 911.)
Bleeding, soaking through one pad/hour, or blood clots the size of an egg or larger
Incision that is not healing
Red or swollen leg that is painful or warm to touch
Temperature of 100.4° F or higher
Headache that does not get better even after taking medication or bad headache with vision changes
|Tell 911 or your health care provider:||“I had a baby on [date] and I am having [specific warning signs].”|
Watch & Learn
OB-GYN Dr. Kirstin Sholes explains more about POST-BIRTH Warning Signs
If you’re worried about any particular pain, discomfort or how you feel after birth, contact your physician right away.
Keep all of your postpartum checkups, both at the hospital and with your physician, even if you feel fine. New moms are at risk of serious, life-threatening medical conditions in the days and weeks after giving birth. These medical checkups ensure you are recovering well from labor and delivery. The checkups help the medical team to identify and treat any health conditions you may have or be at risk for.