Your baby is finally here and you may want to put your hair down. But remember, your body, your mind and your baby are all still getting adjusted to everything that's new. Watch out for a few red flags and let your gynecologist know if they crop up.
1. High Fever
Fever of above 100 degrees Fahrenheit when coupled with abdominal pain and the chills could be a sign of an infection. The most common infection post-childbirth is a caesarean wound which isn’t healing as it should. Vaginal infection, infection of the rectum or the perineum or urinary tract could result in the aforementioned symptoms. In the case of a UTI, you would also experience pain while urinating. These infections could spread very quickly and hence keeping an eye out for these always helps. If you do notice any of these symptoms make sure you pay a visit to your gynecologist.
2. Difficulty Breathing
If you experience difficulty breathing while climbing up the stairs or doing something active it is a fairly normal occurrence. However, if this feeling of shortness of breath doesn’t stop even after you have done the task and are resting or if it occurs at random bouts, this could be a sign of pulmonary embolism which is basically a clot in the blood vessels of your lungs which result in the difficulty in breathing. Hence, it is important that you get immediate medical attention if you experience this.
3. Tightness In Chest
Pain in the chest or tightness again can be associated with the same pulmonary embolism that was mentioned above. However, chest pains could also be a result of strain from the exertion of labour. Nevertheless, if the pain persists and is accompanied by breathlessness or sights of blood when you cough, don’t hesitate to call or visit you doctor.
Headaches could be a result of the epidural you were given before labour. However, if you experience intense migraines, it’s better to check with your doctor immediately. If you experience nausea, vomiting, dizziness and blurred vision along with the headache, it could be a sign of pre eclampsia and should be checked by the gynecologist immediately.
5. Excessive Bleeding
After delivery, vaginal bleeding is a common occurrence. However, if this bleeding becomes more than the regular amount it could be postpartum haemorrhage. A good way to measure the amount of blood is if it soaks an entire pad within an hour or if you are passing thick blood clots, rush to the gynecologist’s clinic immediately.
6. Pain In Your Calves
Most women tend to let this symptom go thinking it’s a result of the excess weight. However, when this pain persists and you observe redness around the area which feels warm to touch it could be potentially dangerous and a result of Deep vein thrombosis (DVT). In this case, the area will be swollen and you would also feel heaviness in your calf.
7. Anxiety & Agitation
Bringing a new life to the world is definitely not an easy task. As it takes a toll on your body, it also has a huge impact on your emotions. Some women experience insomnia, panic attacks, agitation, confusion, hallucinations. If you happen to experience any of these problems and you could be having symptoms of postpartum psychosis. This requires medical attention, so make sure you do give a call to your gynecologist and talk to them about all that you’re feeling. The doctor would probably connect you to a psychologist or psychiatrist who would be able to help you overcome these feelings.