1 2 3 0% The postpartum period can be dangerous While the postpartum (postbirth) period is usually a happy time for most women, it can also be stressful, and possibly dangerous. You need to care for your new baby, yet, at the same time, you have to remember that your body has undergone changes that need to be addressed. This period lasts for many months and there are many potential complications for a new mom which may even be life-threatening. Over 1 in 2 maternal deaths happen after delivery. Unfortunately, many people 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. Mark off this checklist which was created by Dr. Amos Grunebaum to help guide you through potential complications you may be experiencing during your postpartum period.