Don’t count on nurses to warn you of postpartum risks

Having a child is one of the most exciting and challenging times of many peoples lives. Having to care for another life and the responsibilities that come with it are daunting. However, something that is not often mentioned are the risks and feelings that come with postpartum, and unfortunately not even nurses do a good job of relaying this information. Any new mother should be wary to educate themselves on the issues that postpartum brings, in order to best deal with them.

Key Takeaways:

  • Many nurses in the US are not warning new mothers of potential health risks, contributing to a much higher death rate than in other first world nations.
  • Conditions such as high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke, bleeding, and heart conditions can be dangerously exacerbated by childbirth.
  • A new mother displaying any unusual symptoms should seek medical assistance, and indicate that she has recently given birth.

“Deaths during pregnancy and during or after childbirth are very rare. Even so, the U.S. has a shamefully high maternal mortality rate compared to the rest of the developed world.”

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