These are warning signs that you may be suffering from post-operative infection or are not healing well, and you should call your doctor and have them checked out.
- Fever greater than 100 degrees fahrenheit. It may be a sign of an infection, so better to play it safe and have it checked.
- Severe headache from the time o the birth birth and does not decrease in intensity
- Sudden onset of severe or persistent pain, tenderness and burning in the abdominal area.
- Worsening pain or soreness beyond a few weeks, or redness, heat, swelling, or discharge at the site of your c-section incision.
- Severe or worsening pain in your vagina or foul smelling discharge
- Vaginal bleeding isn’t reducing; remains bright red beyond the first four days; contains clots bigger than a quarter
- Pain or burning sensation while urinating; needing to pee often but not much comes out; urine is dark or bloody
- Pain in one part of the leg, which is swollen and red, or one leg is more swollen than the other.
- Rash or hives on the skin
- Tender and painful swelling of an area on the breasts, may be accompanied by fever or flu symptoms
- Severe or persistent vomiting.
- Feeling panicky, extreme sadness or depression or having strange thoughts of harming yourself or your baby.
- Having double vision, blurring or dimming of vision, or flashing spots or lights.
When to call 911 instead
- If you have shortness of breath or chest pain, or are coughing up blood.
- You’re bleeding profusely.
- You’re showing signs of shock, including light-headedness, weakness, rapid heartbeat or palpitations, rapid or shallow breathing, clammy skin, or mental confusion.
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