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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)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/30/2014


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