How to Detect Postpartum Infection

Postpartum infection can occur in women who delivered vaginally or through a C-section. In both cases the infection can be severe and is a cause of concern. The infection is commonly seen in women who undergo c-section mainly because of the open wound that can act as a breeding ground for various bacteria.

Women who have delivered vaginally are at a risk of developing infection at the episiotomy site or the tearing site. Infection of the uterine lining and bladder can also occur. Infections can begin as early as the labor or at any time during the first six weeks of the delivery. These are postpartum infections.

If they began with the labor then they could be because the water broke early or because of several internal checks. In any case the need is to get treated for the infection as early as possible and arrest its spread to other parts and prevent it from getting severe.

Check your vaginal discharge postpartum. If the bloody discharge has a foul smell then chances are that you are suffering from infection. The smell would be very different from the monthly discharge smell. Not only would the smell be foul but also string enough for other people around you to smell it.

Sometimes changing the pad and taking a shower can help get rid of the smell. However, if this does not happen and you still notice the bad odour then consult your doctor and get yourself checked for infection.

A slight fever is the first sign of infection. A fever postpartum can occur in some cases but it is always better to be safe than sorry.

Check your body temperature. If the temperature is slightly high, you feel chills and also the need to urinate often then chances are you are suffering from urinary tract infection or UTI. This is especially true if you don’t pass out urine though the urge to do so is strong.

Cloudy or bloody urine is the surest sign of UTI. Immediately contact your doctor and get yourself tested and consequently treated. Do not neglect UTI as it can turn severe and even lead to cancer of the uterine if proper care is not taken.

Anubha Pandey