When to Call Your Physician

After your discharge from the hospital, it is important to be aware of signs that might indicate a medical complication. Call your physician or midwife if any of the following occur:

  • Oral temperature above 100.4° F.
  • Sudden onset of severe pain in incision, perineum, or abdomen.
  • Heavy bleeding: enough to soak through a maxi pad in an hour or less.
  • Passing a clot larger than a lemon followed by heavy bleeding.
  • Inability to urinate or urinary pain, burning, or urgency.
  • Putrid-smelling vaginal discharge.
  • Opening of a Cesarean incision or foul smelling or bloody discharge from the incision.
  • Swollen, red, painful area on leg (especially the calf) that is hot to the touch.
  • Tender and red, warm, swollen area on breast, especially with fever or flu-like symptoms.
  • Shooting pain down your legs or difficulty walking.
  • Severe headache, especially when sitting or standing, that is relieved when you lie down.