Postpartum warning signs: When to call your care provider?

  1. If you have an elevated temperature of 100.4 or more after the first 24 hours.
  2. If you notice a very fast or very slow pulse.
  3. Very high or low blood pressure.
  4. Extreme fatigue -- experiencing a decrease in energy level
  5. If your uterus rises above the belly-button after 24 hours
  6. If the lochia has a foul odor
  7. Heavy bright red bleeding that is not lochia anytime in the postpartum period.
  8. Pronounced discomfort in the perineal area (found between the vaginal opening and anus), swelling, or the area is not intact.
  9. Calf pain, and/or a reddened area and warmth on the top and bottom surface of the calf.
  10. Painful breasts, cracked or fissured nipples, inverted nipples, and/or a palpable mass.
  11. Loss of appetite.
  12. Inability to urinate and/or noticeable discomfort.
  13. Constipation or diarrhea.
  14. Inability to sleep or rest.
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