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
- Failure to pass gas
- Severe constipation
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