Did you know more than half of maternal deaths in the U.S. happen after birth?
An increasing number of women are dying from pregnancy and birth-related problems. While some women may be at higher risk, all women are potentially at risk of developing complications after delivery!
This may seem scary, but it is important to know to help save lives.
One of the best things mom can do for her baby is to take care of herself post-birth.
Would you know how to recognize a health issue once you were at home with baby after birth?
What if your leg started hurting, or it was hard to breathe? Would you dismiss them as nothing, or hope they went away?
Knowing how to recognize and respond to these specific signs and symptoms may help save your life!
- Pain in chest
- Obstructed breathing or shortness of breath
- Thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby
- Bleeding, soaking through one pad/hour, or blood clots the size of an egg or bigger
- Incision that is not healing
- Red or swollen leg that is painful or warm to touch
- Temperature of 100.4°F or higher
- Headache that does not get better, even after taking medicine, or bad headache with vision changes
If you see a sign in the POST section, call 911.
If you see a sign in the BIRTH section, call your healthcare provider.
If you can't reach them, call 911 or go to the emergency room.
Inform anyone you call — 911, emergency room, urgent-care provider, or your healthcare provider--that you have given birth in the last year.