postpartum period

What you should know about postpartum problems

You’re probably preoccupied with caring for your newborn after childbirth. However, health problems, some of which are life-threatening, can arise in the weeks and months following the event, and many people are unaware of the warning symptoms. What you need to know about postpartum problems is outlined below.

A growing issue

A pregnancy-related death occurs when a woman dies while pregnant or within one year of giving birth. After childbirth, more than half of all pregnancy-related deaths occur.

Lack of knowledge

Fatigue and discomfort, such as perineal pain and uterine contractions, are common after childbirth. You might not be able to tell the difference between a typical recovery and the signs and symptoms of a problem, or whether to seek medical help. If you give birth in a hospital, it’s possible that your health care team will miss risk factors for major postpartum problems before you’re discharged.

Due to a lack of resources, many mothers do not see a health care practitioner until four to six weeks following childbirth, and up to 40% do not attend a postpartum visit. As a result, the majority of women receive little postpartum support.

Postpartum problems are rather common.

  • Heart and circulatory problems
  • Pre-existing ailments are frequently reflected in other medical issues.
  • Sepsis or infection
  • After giving delivery, there is a lot of bleeding (hemorrhage)
  • A heart muscle illness that makes it more difficult for your heart to pump blood to the rest of your body (cardiomyopathy)
  • Blood clots that migrate to the lungs from the legs frequently cause a blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries (thrombotic pulmonary embolism)
  • Stroke
  • Disorders of pregnancy caused by high blood pressure (hypertension).
  • When amniotic fluid or fetal material, such as fetal cells, enters the mother’s bloodstream, it causes a rare but dangerous disease (amniotic fluid embolism)
  • Complications of anesthesia
  • The reason for pregnancy-related death is sometimes unknown.

Postpartum complications risk factors

The chance of dying from a pregnancy-related condition is quite low. Women with chronic diseases such as heart disease, obesity, or high blood pressure, on the other hand, are more likely to die or be close to dying as a result of pregnancy-related problems. If you have these risk factors, it’s very important to keep track of your postpartum health.

 Symptoms and warning indicators

  • If postpartum problems are caught early enough, they can be successfully managed.
  • If you have any of the following, seek immediate assistance:
  • Pain in the chest
  • Breathing difficulties or shortness of breath
  • Seizures
  • Suspicion of harming yourself or your child
  • If you have any of the following symptoms, contact your doctor right once.
  • Blood clots the size of an egg or larger, or bleeding and soaking through more than one pad each hour
  • An incision that refuses to heal
  • An unpleasant or warm-to-the-touch red or swollen leg
  • A temperature of at least 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius)
  • A headache that persists despite medicine, or a severe headache accompanied by vision changes

Suggestions for prevention

Make your postpartum wellness a priority. Before you give delivery, start thinking about your postpartum care strategy. Discuss your risk of a pregnancy-related issue with your health care provider after labor, as well as any particular follow-up care you may require. Understand the warning signs and symptoms of a problem.

Doctors advise that postpartum care be a continuous practice rather than a one-time visit following your delivery. Within the first three weeks after delivery, make contact with your health care provider. See your health care physician for a full postpartum examination within 12 weeks of birth. Talk to your physician if you’re having problems making an appointment. Seek child care assistance from family and friends.

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