Your Baby and You - page 22

Your community midwife may check your temperature and pulse, if you
report concerns. It is advisable for you to have a thermometer at home for
yourself and for your baby. A high temperature, together with other signs,
may indicate infection. Other signs may include feeling feverish, or having
pain on passing urine, a painful perineum, or painful, red abdominal wound,
or abdominal tenderness.
Legs (thrombosis)
All pregnant women are at an increased risk of developing blood clots
(thrombosis) during pregnancy and in the first weeks after the birth. This
risk is increased if you are over 35 years of age, overweight, a smoker or
have a family history of thrombosis. It is important for you to do regular ankle
exercises, and women who have had a Caesarean are encouraged to wear
special stockings. You are advised to report it straight away to the hospital,
your midwife or GP if you have any of the following symptoms: pain, redness,
heat or swelling in your legs. These can be signs of DVT (deep vein thrombosis).
If you have pain in your chest, or sometimes in the back or shoulders, with
shortness of breath or coughing up blood, this may be a sign of pulmonary
embolism (blood clot in the lung) and you should inform your doctor or
midwife immediately, as this is a very serious condition.
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