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Warning Signs during the first few Weeks After Birth

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:

Dr. Cheryl Sharp, Chief Content Officer
Cheryl is a midwife and women's health nurse practitioner who has been caring for women, newborns, and families more than 30 years. She views the opportunity to journey with women through their pregnancy and beyond as a sacred privilege.