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Postpartum: First 6 Weeks After Childbirth - When to Call a Doctor

Call911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • 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 faint.
  • 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 areas.
  • You have an urgent or frequent need to urinate, along with a burning feeling.
  • 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.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 13, 2013
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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