Pregnant & Postpartum Moms

 It's important to discuss any disturbing symptoms with your doctor if you are pregnant or recently gave birth.

It could be physical, but it could also involve depressive, anxious, or exhausted sensations that make it challenging to carry out everyday care duties for you, your baby, or others.

The only person who truly understands your body is you.  Don’t dismiss an incident if it appears to be unusual or if it worries you. See your healthcare provider.

While Pregnant

During your pregnancy, talk to your doctor about your medical history and create a plan for handling any potential issues that could develop depending on your risk factors.

After Giving Birth

Even if your newborn needs a lot of attention and care, it's important to take care of yourself. Also, while it's common to feel exhausted and in some pain, especially in the first few weeks after giving birth, several symptoms might indicate more severe issues.

Consult Your Healthcare Provider

It's important to disclose that you are pregnant or just gave birth when discussing your worries with your healthcare provider. Describe any underlying health issues you may have, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, as well as any difficulties you may have had throughout your pregnancy or delivery. Bring a friend or member of your family along, if you can, for support and to assist you in asking the questions you need to be addressed.

Guide: How to Start A Conversation

Thank you for taking the time to see me. I am/I was recently pregnant and the date of my latest period/delivery was ________ and I am having serious issues concerning my health that I would like to talk about. I have been having __________ (insert symptoms here) that feel similar to __________ (describe in detail) and have been going on for _________ (number of hours/days).

Review the early maternal warning signs and how to describe them. 

  • I am aware of my body and this doesn’t feel natural.

Some questions to ask: 

  • Bring this topic of discussion and any other inquiries you may have to your provider.
  • Tell them if you are pregnant or have been within the past year.
  • Describe any medications you are taking or have recently taken to the doctor or nurse.
  • Make notes and ask follow-up questions. Ask about anything you’re unclear about.

 

Ensure that your doctor arranges postpartum checks for you following birth. There is no guaranteed strategy to prevent postpartum complications, but keeping an open line of communication with your doctor and attending follow-up appointments can help safeguard your health.

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