When To Call Your Doctor

Something that all moms what to know is what is normal and what isn’t. They often have a million questions about this and sometimes don’t think of them until after they leave the hospital. Then every mom becomes one of two people- the one who doesn’t ask when it could be important and the mom who calls their pediatrician too much and with every little question.

Below I’ve compiled a list of things to call your doctor about if you encounter it during your postpartum period! First is for mom, second is for baby.

Mom to call OB about: 

  • Severe and sharp abdominal pain
  • Persistent nausea and vomiting
  • Heavy bleeding
    • This will be an obvious increase and back to bright red blood.
    • Heavy = More than 1 pad completely saturated within 1 hour
  • Fever or signs of infection (foul discharge, pain, hot to touch, redness and swelling)
  • If you are dizzy, lightheaded, or feeling faint
  • You have tender breasts, lumps in your breasts, or any hard, tender areas in your breasts.
  • You have symptoms of a UTI (urgency, frequency, burning)
  • Severe pain or tenderness between your vagina and rectum (especially if you had a tear or episiotomy)
  • Signs of a DVT or PE (see previous post on clots!)
    • Includes severe pain in your legs, chest, stomach, or back.
  • Signs of postpartum depression
    • Despair, sadness, hopelessness, anxiety etc.

*Call 911 if you have severe chest pain, shortness of breath, heavy/continuous bleeding, loss of consciousness, or suicidal thoughts/feelings*


Mom to call Pediatrician for Baby about: 

  • Fever (temp above 100.4) or low temperature (temp below 97.5)
  • Lethargy, difficulty waking for multiple hours in a row (baby starts missing feedings because of sleepiness)
  • Bloody, black, or purple stools
  • Projectile vomiting, vomiting/diarrhea for more than a few hours
  • Yellow skin
  • Problems with umbilical cord or circumcision (see previous posts on these topics!)
  • Difficulty breathing
    • When a baby has a hard time breathing, their nostrils flare, you can see their ribs, and they grunt.
    • If this is prolonged, you may also see their hands and feet start to turn blue or purple
  • Inconsolable crying for a long period of time for seemingly no reason
  • A rash
  • Stuffiness or other symptoms of a cold that persist longer than a few days.

*Call 911 if baby is not breathing, blue, has a seizure, or any other emergency*


Always ask questions if you are unsure but hopefully this list helps you narrow down some things! As always, email me with questions!


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