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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.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, sixth edition, preg-ahc-90026, ISBN 1-931876-25-8

First published: 05/01/2008
Last updated: 01/23/2013

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts