Danger Signs in Pregnancy, Labour and Delivery, After.
Generally, family members and skilled birth attendants should know the danger signs of life threatening complications and what to do.
Many families of women who die on pregnancy or post-patum often don’t recognize that a serious problem is occurring. Sometimes the mother, husband or mother-in-law makes all decisions.
Often, the decision to seek care and arrange for transport is often delayed as much as 1 to 3 days after recognition of a life-threatening complication.
NOTE: Make sure your client, friends and family members can recognize danger signs and are involved in antenatal care and delivery.
All in all, the birth partner should be the decision-maker.
Danger Signs During Labour & Delivery.
- Severe headache or vision disturbances – Hypertension, eclampsia.
- Intense abdominal pain- Could be a ruptured uterus.
- Convulsions and fits during labour.
- High fever with or without chills.
- A foul vaginal discharge.
- Labour pains for more than 12 hours.
- Excess bleeding during delivery.
- Cord, arm, leg prolapse.
Danger signs After Delivery.
i.) Placenta not delivered within 30 minutes of baby’s birth.
ii.) Excessive bleeding after delivery.
iii.) Severe abdominal pain.
iv.) Convulsions and fits.
v.) High fever with or without chills.
vi.) Foul vaginal discharge (Mostly due to STDs).
vii.) Mood swings – Depression.
Recognize danger signs that can prompt medical attention.
- Acting quickly is important because a woman would die in a short period of time.
- In antepartum haemorrage, the mother can die in only 12 hours.
- Whereas, in postpartum haemorrage, we can lose the mother in 2 hours.
- With complications of eclampsia, we can lose the mother in as few as 12 hours.
- Hence, with sepsis, you can lose the mother in 3 days.