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After having a baby, you can expect some pain and discomfort in the weeks that follow. This is normal.
Women should also be aware of the more serious complications that can happen in the 6-week period after giving birth, also known as the postpartum period.
Post-delivery complications shouldn’t be ignored. About 700 women die from pregnancy-related complications each year in the U.S., and about 3 in 5 pregnancy-related deaths could be prevented, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
After having a baby, it’s important to be aware of postpartum complications (between birth and six weeks postpartum) and alert your doctor if you experience any of these:
The overall risk of dying from a pregnancy-related complication is low, but women with chronic conditions, such as obesity, heart disease or high blood pressure are at greater risk.
Fortunately, many postpartum complications can be treated successfully if identified early. If you have any of the following warning signs, seek immediate help:
It’s very important to take care of yourself, listen to your body and alert your doctor if you have any concerns.
Edward-Elmhurst Health began an initiative in our Emergency Departments to increase awareness among new moms and healthcare providers of postpartum complications that new moms can experience.
All postpartum patients receive a teal wristband (representing female strength) inscribed with “Edward-Elmhurst Health Cares About Moms” to wear until their 6-week postpartum visit. If a new mom develops physical or emotional issues during that timeframe, the bracelet can help alert emergency medicine paramedics and Emergency Department staff that she has recently given birth.
Learn more about our pregnancy and baby services.
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