How to prevent postpartal complications?

Prevention tips Prioritize your postpartum health. Start thinking about your postpartum care plan before you give birth. After childbirth, talk to your health care provider about your risk of a pregnancy-related complication and any special follow-up care you might need. Know the signs and symptoms of a problem.

What are some common postpartum complications?

Common Postpartum Complications

  • postpartum infections, most often in the urinary tract and uterus.
  • excessive bleeding after delivery.
  • postpartum depression and/or “baby blues”
  • sleep deprivation.
  • breast and breastfeeding problems, such as swollen breasts, mastitis or clogged milk ducts.

What are the complications of cesarean section?

Risks to you include:

  • Infection. After a C-section, you might be at risk of developing an infection of the lining of the uterus (endometritis).
  • Postpartum hemorrhage.
  • Reactions to anesthesia.
  • Blood clots.
  • Wound infection.
  • Surgical injury.
  • Increased risks during future pregnancies.

How do you test for postpartum infection?

How is puerperal infection diagnosed? Postpartum infections can be diagnosed by your doctor through a physical exam. Your doctor may take a urine or a blood sample to test for bacteria or use a cotton swab to take a culture of your uterus.

What are the 4 T’s of postpartum hemorrhage?

The Four T’s mnemonic can be used to identify and address the four most common causes of postpartum hemorrhage (uterine atony [Tone]; laceration, hematoma, inversion, rupture [Trauma]; retained tissue or invasive placenta [Tissue]; and coagulopathy [Thrombin]).

When do postpartum infections occur?

Postpartum endometritis is an infection of the lining of the womb which can occur up to six weeks after childbirth. It is much more common after caesarean section births. It usually causes a temperature, tummy pain and heavier vaginal bleeding. Postpartum endometritis needs prompt treatment with antibiotics.

When should I worry about postpartum?

Life-threatening conditions that can happen after giving birth include infections, blood clots, postpartum depression and postpartum hemorrhage. Warning signs to watch out for include chest pain, trouble breathing, heavy bleeding, severe headache and extreme pain.

How common is infection after C-section?

Surgical site infection (SSI) is one of the most common complications following cesarean section, and has an incidence of 3%–15%. It places physical and emotional burdens on the mother herself and a significant financial burden on the health care system.

What are the symptoms of infection after C-section?

Symptoms of a post-cesarean wound infection or complication

  • severe abdominal pain.
  • redness at the incision site.
  • swelling of the incision site.
  • pus discharge from the incision site.
  • pain at the incision site that doesn’t go away or gets worse.
  • fever higher than 100.4ºF (38ºC)
  • painful urination.
  • foul-smelling vaginal discharge.

What is the most common postpartum infection?

Endometritis is the most common infection in the postpartum period.

What does a postpartum infection smell like?

Some describe it as musty, metallic, sour or stale. However, it shouldn’t smell fishy or foul. This could mean bacteria has gotten into your vagina and caused an infection.

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