Postpartum: First 6 Weeks After Childbirth - When to Call a Doctor
Call911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
- You have sudden, severe pain in your belly.
- You passed out (lost consciousness).
Call your doctor now or seek
immediate medical care if:
- You have severe vaginal bleeding. You are passing blood clots and
soaking through a pad each hour for 2 or more hours.
- Your vaginal bleeding seems to be getting heavier or is still
bright red 4 days after delivery, or you pass blood clots larger than the size
of a golf ball.
- You are dizzy or lightheaded, or you feel like you may
- You are vomiting or cannot keep fluids down.
- You have a fever.
- You have new or more belly pain.
- Your breast or breasts have hard, red, or tender
- You have an urgent or frequent need to urinate, along with a
- You have severe pain, tenderness, or swelling in
your vagina or the area between your rectum and vagina.
- You have
severe pains in your chest, belly, back, or legs.
- You have
feelings of severe despair or great anxiety.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 02, 2011
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