Pregnancy Complications - Childbed Fever
Childbed fever, also known as puerperal sepsis or puerperal fever, is a potentially fatal pregnancy complication. However, if detected early it is often easily treatable with antibiotics.
Caused by a uterine infection after delivery of the baby, childbed fever is a very serious form of septicaemia, which can lead to toxic shock syndrome, multi-organ failure and death, if untreated. Although rare, Childbed Fever was once the leading cause of maternal death after childbirth and unfortunately in recent years has made something of a comeback. However, many doctors and midwives are unaware that it is still a risk to new mothers so it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the illness so you can mention to your caregivers any concerns you may have about yourself or any new mother after birth.
Childbed Fever can strike new mothers of any age and general fitness and is not always accompanied by fever.
Symptoms of Childbed Fever
If you experience one or more of the following symptoms you may be at risk of Childbed Fever and should contact your gp or local hospital immediately:
Fast Pulse (100bpm or more)
Unusual vaginal discharge which may smell offensive
Abdominal/ Leg Pain
Jessica's Trust a fabulous website run by Ben Palmer whose wife Jessica died from Childbed Fever, aims to raise awareness about Childbed Fever
More Pregnancy Complications
- Gestational Diabetes
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Placenta previa
- Cholestasis (itching during pregnancy)
- Morning sickness
- Varicose veins
- Stretch marks
- Depression (pre-natal depression)
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