You will need to return to our office for a postpartum exam six weeks after your baby is born.During this visit, we will discuss your physical and emotional health, family planning and any other concerns you may have. It is very important to keep this appointment, because it is one way to ensure that you are recovering well.
If you have concerns before this visit, you may contact the office for assistance.
After you leave the hospital, please call the office if you experience:
- Heavy vaginal bleeding: It is normal to have some vaginal bleeding for a few weeks after delivery. But let us know if you are having large blood clots or you have bleeding that requires you to use more than one pad per hour. If you are bleeding too heavily, you may experience symptoms of anemia including dizziness.
- Fever: Even though most of the time slight temperature elevations during the postpartum period are related to breast engorgement, you should report any temperature over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Severe abdominal pain:Mild cramping during the first postpartum weeks in normal, mostly while you are breastfeeding.You should call the office if you experience severe abdominal pain that does is not relieved with the medication we prescribed you upon discharge from the hospital.
- Severe headache, problems with your vision, or worsening swelling in your hands or feet
- Pain or significant tenderness in your calves.
- Feel sad or helpless or have thoughts of harming yourself or the baby