Things to Watch out after Delivering the Baby

Pregnancy is a state which needs complete attention towards the mothers’ wellbeing before, during and even after the delivery of the baby. Many possible complications can arise soon after delivering the baby and this would require both vigilance as well as knowledge in order to detect as well as treat early before going into complications.

The complications are likely to occur with in the first 48 – 72 hours after delivery and late complications are usually rare. The risk of being affected by these complications can vary from patient to patient and the conditions which complicated the period of pregnancy would be a good indicator for what could follow.

The article will list several sings and symptoms that are worth looking out for in order to avoid complications and prolonged hospital stay.

1. Bleeding per vagina

It’s possible for a mother to have mild blood stained discharge for the first 48 hours after the delivery and this will gradually disappear with time. At no point should a mother feel that there is passage of significant amount of fresh blood and clots after the delivery of the baby.

Some of the reasons that can precipitate such bleeding would be a persistent tear or a breech in the vaginal wall, retained placental parts in the uterus, abnormalities in the clotting mechanism or more severe complications such as Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC).

2. Persistent abdominal pain with soft uterus

Following the delivery of the baby, the uterus will go into a spasm and would feel like a hard mass when palpated through the abdomen. Thus, the persistent soft uterus might not be a good sign and would require to be examined by a doctor. The condition can be associated with pain as well as vaginal bleeding and most often will be detected before you are being discharged from the hospital.

3. Deep vein thrombosis

Mostly following caesarian delivery, mothers will see their legs been swollen and in most instances this could be due to prolonged immobility and can resolve spontaneously. But, if the swelling appear to persist with pain in the calf region along with or without an associated fever, it would indicate to a condition known as ‘Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)”. The underlying mechanism would be the formation of a blood clot in the lower limb veins probably due to blood pooling. The worse case scenario would be dislodging of this clot which can result in an acute ischemic event either in the heart, lungs, brain or any other organ.

Mobilizing early as well as giving passive exercises to the lower limbs would help alleviate this problem and potentially save your life.

4. Infection

This is another complication that could arise following delivery of the baby. The focus for the infection can be a wound in the birth canal, breast abscess, wound scar, urine infection or even cellulites. These will be accompanied by fever, tenderness, redness and site specific symptoms.

The above listed conditions are some of the main complications following delivery of the baby. Apart from these, mothers who undergo caesarian section would be more susceptible for other complications as well. Another important thing to consider is the continuation of pregnancy related medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.