Red Flags of Postpartum

The following problems are not normal in the postpartum period and should be evaluated by your physician or midwife:

  1. Fever – A temperature of 100.4 or greater is considered a fever after delivery.
  2. High blood pressure – Elevated blood pressures after birth are defined as the top number (systolic blood pressure) is 140 or greater and/or the bottom number (diastolic blood pressure) is 90 or greater.
  3. Headache – A headache that does not completely go away after taking Tylenol or ibuprofen (Aleve, Advil). Or the worst headache of your life.
  4. Visual changes – Spots in front of your eyes or unable to see parts of your visual field.
  5. Upper belly pain – Pain above your belly button on the right hand side that does not go away.
  6. Chest pain.
  7. Shortness of breath – Difficulty catching your breath, difficulty taking a deep breath, feeling like you aren’t getting enough air. Difficulty breathing when laying down. Difficulty breathing with movement.
  8. Heavy vaginal bleeding – Fully saturating 1 maxi-pad an hour or more and/or passing large clots golf ball sized or greater.
  9. Persistent nausea/vomiting.
  10. Worsening belly pain.
  11. Feelings of hopelessness and/or worthlessness.
  12. Feelings of hurting yourself or your child.