Ep. 10: The Postpartum Warning Signs That Could Save Your Life

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While most births are fairly low-risk, not all birthing people will have the birth and postpartum experiences that they dream of. The United States has a maternal mortality rate that has been continually climbing since 1987, and black women are disproportionately affected. I want you to LIVE and THRIVE following your birth. Do you know what postpartum signs of possible complications to look out for?


Postpartum Warning Signs:

  • Chest pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Excessive vaginal bleeding and/or clots that are egg-size or bigger

  • Headache not relieved by medication and/or vision changes

  • An incision or stitches that won’t heal

  • Signs of infection (fever, foul-smelling discharge, etc.)

  • Red or swollen leg that is painful to touch

  • Hopelessness, depression, or thoughts of harming yourself or others


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Please remember to seek a licensed medical professional for any concerns.

If you have an emergency, call 911.

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Resources for this episode:

ACOG’s Committee opinion on racial and ethnic disparities

Suplee, Patricia D. et al. (2016) Improving Postpartum Education About Warning Signs Of Maternal Morbidity and Mortality. Nursing for Women's Health, 20(6), 552-567.

Kleppel, L., Suplee, P. D., Stuebe, A. M., & Bingham, D. (2016). National Initiatives to Improve Systems for Postpartum Care. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20(S1), 66-70. doi:10.1007/s10995-016-2171-1