Mother Care: The First Two Weeks

Call your healthcare provider if you:

  • Have a fever above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C)
  • Are passing vaginal blood clots larger than a ping-pong ball
  • Saturate more than one pad an hour
  • Have a vaginal discharge with a foul-smelling odor
  • Feel dizzy or lightheaded
  • Experience worsening abdominal pain
  • Have severe constipation
  • Experience pain, burning or increased frequency when urinating
  • Have worsening pain, redness or increasing drainage around your perineum (the skin between the vagina and anus)
  • Have increased swelling, redness, drainage or separation around stitches (episiotomy or cesarean section)
  • Have areas on the leg or arm that are tender or red (blood clot)
  • Find yourself constantly crying or worrying excessively
  • Have thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby
  • Have problems eating or sleeping
  • Are unable to care for yourself or your baby
  • Experience any extreme behavior changes
  • Feel severe breast pain or have red, tender areas on either breast (mastitis)
  • Experience any flu-like symptoms