When to Contact Your Doctor After Childbirth

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After childbirth, you’re so concerned with the baby’s well-being that you may forget about your own. But it’s important to keep an eye on your health, as well. After all, your baby needs you. Below is a list of things to watch for after pregnancy. If you experience any of them, call your doctor right away.

  • An abrupt, heavy surge of bright red blood after the lochia (a discharge similar to a heavy menstrual flow, which usually lasts two to four weeks after birth) has begun to taper off
  • Bright red bleeding after four days of postpartum recovery
  • Large clots – those that are bigger than a silver dollar
  • Bleeding that soaks more than one pad in 30 minutes
  • A foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • A fever over 101 degrees after the first 24 hours
  • Chills
  • Failure to pass gas
  • Severe constipation
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