Your medical provider considers the first 4-6 weeks after you give birth to be the “fourth trimester”, or the postpartum period. Just as your body went through many changes during your pregnancy, it must also undergo many changes to return to normal after the birth of your baby.
You probably saw your provider frequently during the last month of your pregnancy yet in our current model of care, you may not see your physician, midwife or nurse practitioner for an entire 6 weeks after the baby is born. There are some very important warning signs that you should be aware of, especially during the first two weeks postpartum. It is advisable to contact your provider for guidance if you experience any of the following: