Postpartum Warning Signs
Your birth attendant will check on you several times during the postpartum period. Meanwhile, your doula can help you to understand what is normal. Here are some warning signs that indicate you should contact your birth attendant right away.
- You soak more than two pads in a half hour or four pads in four hours.
- You have any bright, red bleeding after the fourth day postpartum.
- Your lochia has a strong, unpleasant odor.
- You have a fever of over 101 degrees (aside from the first 24 hours after birth).
- Your breasts are red, hot and painful.
- You have pain, burning or difficulty when urinating.
- You have swelling, redness, heat or discharge from the site of a cesarean incision.
- You have depression that makes it difficult for you to care for your baby.
These situations require the help of a health care professional; call your birth attendant if you experience any of these symptoms, or if for any reason you don’t feel that you are steadily recovering after your birth.
About Peggy O’Mara. I am an independent journalist who edits and publishes peggyomara.com. I was the editor and publisher of Mothering Magazine for over 30 years and founded Mothering.com in 1995. My books include Having a Baby Naturally, Natural Family Living, The Way Back Homeand A Quiet Place. I have conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. I am the mother of four and grandmother of three. Please check out my email newsletter with free tips on parenting, activism, and healthy living.