Pregnancy Complications

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a serious condition needing medical attention and treatment.
 
 
  • Intense feelings of sadness, guilt, despair, helplessness, anxiety, and irritability, which may disrupt your ability to function
  • Appetite changes
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby
  • "Baby blues" that haven't gone away after 2 weeks.
     
Postpartum depression can be successfully treated in most cases with antidepressant medication, psychotherapy, participation in a support group, or a combination of these treatments.
 

Breast Infection

A breast infection, also called mastitis, is another possible complication. Symptoms of a breast infection may include:
 
  • Soreness or a lump in the breast accompanied by a fever and/or flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Yellowish discharge from the nipple
  • Breasts feel warm or hot to the touch
  • Pus or blood in the milk
  • Red streaks near the area.
     
These symptoms may come on severely and suddenly.
 
Ways to relieve symptoms include:
 
  • Apply heat (heating pad or small hot-water bottle) to the sore area
  • Massage the area, starting behind the sore spot. Use your fingers in a circular motion and massage toward the nipple.
  • Breastfeed often on the affected side.
  • Rest as much as possible
  • Wear a well-fitting supportive bra that is not too tight.
     
If your symptoms are not relieved within 24 hours of following these suggestions, see a healthcare provider (you may need an antibiotic).
 
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