Postpartum fever is a condition that can affect women giving birth. In this article, we'll discuss the main symptoms of this fever, the reasons for its occurrence, and the best ways to treat it so you can enjoy good health during the postpartum period.
It is an elevation in body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius in women after childbirth. It is a common condition, affecting between 5% to 7% of women during the postpartum weeks. The increase in temperature may occur immediately after childbirth or within the first ten days.
Severe Symptoms and Possible Complications
If you experience any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical attention immediately.
Inflammation in the uterine lining or Endometriosis can lead to severe abdominal pain and fever within the first three days after childbirth. Prolonged labor, manual placenta removal, forceps, or vacuum extraction during delivery can contribute to this inflammation. Or if the baby poops inside the uterus. Additionally, bacterial colonies in the vagina can contribute to this condition. Other factors include previous vaginal infections in the mother, gestational diabetes, and preterm or post-term delivery (after more than 40 weeks of pregnancy).
Common after childbirth, it can result from bacterial infection, mainly if a urinary catheter is used during delivery. You can find details on this condition in this article.
Infections in the vagina and reproductive system can occur due to prolonged vaginal labor, extensive examinations, an episiotomy, or the use of instruments for fetal extraction.
Women who undergo a c-section are more prone to postpartum fever. Infection in the cesarean wound can lead to a high fever, discharge from the incision site, and severe pain.
Infection in breast tissues due to blocked milk ducts or channels causes an accumulation of milk inside the breast and results in inflammation. You can find details about mastitis in this article.
While bacterial infections and fever cannot always be avoided, the following tips may reduce the risk of postpartum fever:
Treatment depends on the cause of the fever. In most cases, antibiotics, along with fever-reducing medications, are prescribed to the bacteria causing inflammation and fever. It's worth noting that doctors prescribe only medications safe for breastfeeding mothers to avoid impacting natural breastfeeding.
Postpartum fever is a common condition with various possible causes. Sometimes, it may indicate a health problem, such as bacterial infection, which can lead to complications if not treated. Therefore, do not ignore postpartum fever or any other troubling symptoms; consult your doctor promptly if these symptoms occur.
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