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Your recovery at home: When to call your health care provider

  • Call your health care provider if you have:

    • blood clots that are large (baseball size), especially if they have whitish tissue, and/or bright red bleeding that soaks a pad in an hour or less
    • a bad-smelling or greenish vaginal discharge
    • stitches that separate
    • pain, redness or pus-like drainage at the site of your stitches
    • an abdominal incision that is red, warm to the touch, or has drainage
    • tenderness in your abdomen, other than the usual tenderness around a Cesarean incision
    • constant back, abdominal or pelvic pain
    • fever or chills with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
    • a hard, red, painful area in your breast, along with fever or chills
    • pain or burning when passing urine, a change in how often you pass urine, or not being able to empty your bladder
    • any difficulty breathing
    • a bad headache or double or blurred vision
    • deep redness, warmth, or swelling in any area of your leg(s) or pain when you point your toes toward your nose
    • a feeling of sadness, anxiety or depression that lasts longer than one week
    • not enough energy to care for yourself or your baby.

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