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Postpartum Warning Signs

Call your doctor immediately if you develop any of these conditions:

  • Abdominal pain that gets worse instead of better
  • Cesarean incision that separates, becomes hot or red, or develops foul-smelling drainage
  • Bright red or heavy vaginal bleeding, with or without clots, that saturates a pad in less than two hours
  • Foul-smelling vaginal flow
  • Fever or chills with a temperature over 100.4 F.
  • Ongoing urinary or perineal discomfort
  • Burning, frequent or bloody urination
  • Severe or persistent hemorrhoidal pain
  • No bowel movement within 4 days of giving birth
  • Cracked nipples or red, tender areas in a breast that don't respond to home treatment
  • Postpartum depression that you feel unable to bear