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When should I seek medical attention after giving birth?

Always speak with your medical provider if you have concerns about how you are feeling after delivery. Immediate attention is needed if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Chills or fever over 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit for four hours or more;
  • Vaginal bleeding that soaks more than one sanitary pad an hour,
           repetitive large clots, or foul odor;
  • Severe abdominal pains;
  • Frequent urination or burning with urination;
  • No bowel movement for three days;
  • A tender, swollen, or red area in the calf or the leg;
  • Fainting;
  • Swelling, redness, or tenderness in any part of your breast;
  • Cracked or bleeding nipples, or difficulty with breastfeeding;
  • Persistent headache or vision changes;
  • Excessive swelling of the face, fingers, or feet;
  • Difficulty coping with the blues, including problems getting out of bed
           and facing the day, or feeling that you cannot care for your baby;
  • Feelings of deep sadness that appear to be worsening.

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