Your body goes through lots of changes after having your baby. These changes help your body recover from pregnancy and help you get ready to care for your new baby.
It’s normal to feel some discomfort, like soreness and fatigue, as your body heals after giving birth. However, other discomforts and health problems may be a sign that you need medical care.
What are some health problems new moms may have after giving birth?
Chances are that you’ll be healthy after giving birth. But some moms may have some health problems, like:
Cesarean wound infection
Deep vein thrombophlebitis (DVT), a kind of blood clot
Endometritis, an infection in the uterus (womb)
Mastitis, a breast infection
Postpartum depression (PPD)
What warning signs should you look for?
Bleeding that’s heavier than your normal menstrual period or that gets worse
Discharge, pain or redness that doesn’t go away or gets worse. These could be from a c-section incision (cut), episiotomy or perineal tear (a tear that happens between the vagina and rectum).
Feelings of sadness that last longer than 10 days after giving birth
Fever higher than 100.4 F
Pain or burning when you go to the bathroom
Pain, swelling and tenderness in your legs, especially around your calves
Red streaks on your breasts or painful lumps in your breast
Severe pain in your lower belly, feeling sick to your stomach or throwing up
Vaginal discharge that smells bad
Trust your instincts. If you feel like something’s wrong, call your health care provider. Many of these problems can be treated easily. But if you ignore warning signs and they go untreated, they may cause more serious problems.