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Labor and Delivery, Vaginal Birth Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

Your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Uterine infection
  • Tear of tissue around the vagina
  • Complications requiring forceps, vacuum extraction, or cesarean delivery (C-section)
  • Blood clots
  • Injury to the baby

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Anemia
  • Diabetes
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Lung or heart disease
  • Infectious disease (eg, active genital herpes infection, HIV )
  • Water breaking before your contractions start
  • Placenta previa (placenta positioned over the canal opening)
  • Abruptio placenta (early separation of the placenta from the wall of the womb)
  • Umbilical cord prolapse (umbilical cord slips out of the birth canal before the baby's head)
  • Large baby or a baby in the wrong position inside the womb

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before giving birth.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Increased bleeding: soaking more than one sanitary pad an hour
  • Wounds that become red, swollen or drain pus
  • Vaginal discharge that smells foul
  • New pain, swelling, or tenderness in your legs
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Pain, burning, urgency or frequency of urination, or persistent bleeding in the urine
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Depression, suicidal thoughts, or feelings of harming your baby
  • Breasts that are hot, red, and accompanied by fever
  • Any cracking or bleeding from the nipple or areola (the dark-colored area of the breast)

In case of an emergency, call 911.

 
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