Postpartum complications are unfortunately common in birthing mothers. Though much is done to prepare for the delivery of a baby, pregnancy and childbirth can still present health risks. Potential postpartum complications include hemorrhage, infection, high blood pressure, puerperal psychosis and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE).
It is important to be aware of these risks, so if symptoms come up after the baby’s birth, steps can be taken to address any issues promptly. For this reason it is highly recommended for new mothers to follow-up with their doctor within one week of delivery to discuss any postpartum questions or concerns.
Excessive Bleeding After Giving Birth
An expectant mother can experience excessive bleeding after giving birth and it is important to consult your doctor or midwife if this occurs. Excessive bleeding, also known as postpartum hemorrhage, can be caused by many things including a complication in the placenta, an abnormally shaped uterus, or not enough contractions to expel remaining placental tissue and blood.
Should any risks concerning excessive bleeding arise during pregnancy or labor be sure to notify your doctor right away so they can take extra precautions during delivery and ensure you receive the necessary care afterward. Postpartum care should never be taken lightly as it can make all the difference in promoting good mother and baby health.
High Blood Pressure After Pregnancy
After having a baby, it is normal for mothers to experience an increase in their blood pressure. This is due to an increase in hormones and extra fluid that accumulates during the pregnancy. Fortunately, these elevated levels generally return to normal within weeks or months of giving birth. However, if levels remain elevated over time or become very high, it can be an indication of other health issues, so consulting your doctor is recommended.
Untreated high blood pressure before or after pregnancy can cause further health problems pregnant mothers should be aware of such as damage to their heart and/or organs, however taking steps to address the issue such as diet and lifestyle changes shows promising results in reducing blood pressure.
Anesthesia is a critical part of the labor experience since it helps to reduce labor pain. However, there can be serious complications related to the anesthesia used during labor. While some are rare, there are known risks of temporary and even permanent paralysis, nerve damage, severe headaches following epidural placement, and other negative effects.
It is important for women to take an active role in their healthcare decisions during labor and to discuss possible anesthesia options with their doctor or midwife to make sure the best possible outcome is achieved.
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