Conditions New Moms Should Watch Out For

While the journey toward motherhood may be comprised of ups and downs, women tend to forget all the pain the instant they set eyes upon their baby. From that moment onward all the attention is showered on the new arrival and in some cases, the mother’s health conditions might get neglected, by herself too. A new mother’s health is as important as the baby’s and there are some conditions she should watch out for.

Conditions New Mothers Should Be Aware Of

While the hospital may be doing everything to keep both the newborn and the mother cozy and comfortable, there are some signs that may get neglected.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a recent study showed that the death of new mothers has been increasing over the last 20 years and that nearly 60 percent of those deaths could have been prevented.

Research shows that many of these incidents occurred because of preexisting health conditions like high blood pressure, depression, obesity and diabetes. This means that it is imperative to have a thorough examination and a detailed discussion with your doctor even before you get pregnant so that you can address any existing condition.

This might help you to understand any risks, make a decision and experience a healthy pregnancy and postpartum period. To do so, it is important to increase your awareness of the most common conditions that could lead to postpartum death.

Health conditions that may lead to postpartum death:

  • Excess Bleeding

Data shows that one of the most common causes of postpartum death is excessive bleeding that might go undetected. Doctors do address the bleeding initially, by priding medications and massaging the uterus, and while bleeding can be heavy for a few weeks after delivery, it is recommended to report to the doctor if you start going through multiple pads in an hour.

  • Heart Problems

Preexisting heart conditions should be closely monitored during and after pregnancy. Any signs of a chest pain or difficulty breathing even while laying on the back and changes in vision should be addressed immediately. Since it has been noticed that non-availability of health records may be linked to various postpartum deaths, it is recommended to try and return to the hospital where you delivered so that the staff would be familiar with your personal health chart.

  • Infection, Sepsis and the Flu

Research shows that individuals who are obese and/or have diabetes stand a higher risk of skin and other infections post delivery. Sepsis is a condition where the body reacts to an existing infection by inducing high temperatures and low blood pressure. Catching the flu soon after delivery may also increase the risk of death.

  • Mental Health Problems

Postpartum depression, like many other mental health problems, has a lot of stigma around it, which keeps many women from coming forward with their concerns. Also found are incidents of partner abuse and substance abuse that could lead to postpartum death.

It is quite natural that a newborn grabs everyone’s attention and the focus often moves away from the mother. That’s why it is even more important for new mothers to be aware of any changes to their physical and mental health, to visit a doctor immediately and get the required care to stay healthy for the new baby and for themselves.

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