What are the dangers of the postpartum and postbirth period?

The postpartum or postbirth period after the baby is born lasts for many months. The postbirth period is usually a happy time for most women but it can also be stressful, and possibly dangerous. There are many potential complications for a new mom which may even be life-threatening. You need to care for your new baby and at the same time, you have to remember that your body has undergone many changes that need to be addressed.

Over 1 in 2 maternal deaths happen after delivery:

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Unfortunately, many women don't know the signs of potentially life-threatening complications that can occur after you give birth. A few specific signs that you should watch for during the first year after giving birth include pain, shortness of breath, and thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby.

Take this quiz created by Dr. Amos Grunebaum to help guide you through potential symptoms and complications you may be experiencing during your postpartum period.