After Pregnancy

When to Call the Doctor 

You should call your doctor about your postpartum health if you:

  • Have a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) or above
  • Soak more than one sanitary napkin an hour, pass large clots (larger than a quarter), or if the bleeding increases
  • Had a C-section or episiotomy and the incision becomes very red or swollen or drains pus
  • Have new pain, swelling, or tenderness in your legs
  • Have hot-to-the-touch, reddened, sore breasts or any cracking or bleeding from the nipple or areola (the dark-colored area of the breast)
  • Your vaginal discharge becomes foul-smelling
  • Have painful urination, a sudden urge to pee, or are unable to control urination
  • Have increasing pain in the vaginal area
  • Have new or worsening belly pain
  • Develop a cough or chest pain, nausea, or vomiting
  • Have bad headaches or vision changes
  • Become depressed or have hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, or any thoughts of harming your baby