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:
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:
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