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Postpartum Perineal Care (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

If you have recently delivered a baby, call your doctor if any of the following symptoms occur:

  • Bad-smelling discharge from your vagina


  • Burning pain with urination


  • Passing urine more frequently than usual


  • Urge to pass urine frequently, but only going a small amount


  • Vaginal bleeding, like spotting


  • Severe pain in your perineum, pelvis, or lower abdomen


  • High fever when you are not sick otherwise


  • Passing gas or stool through the vagina


  • Passing sutures or sponges


  • Blistering or herpes outbreaks

If you have recently delivered a baby, go to the hospital if any of the following symptoms occur:

  • High fever


  • Nausea and vomiting


  • Severe abdominal or pelvic pain


  • Heavy vaginal bleeding (soaking through more than one pad every hour)





Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Pregnancy, Postpartum Infections »

Emergency physicians are increasingly concerned about postpartum patients who come to the ED with a fever or evidence of infection.

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