5 Health Problems New Mothers Need To Look Out For

Many new mums are so focused on looking after their baby that they forget to look after themselves. Childbirth and looking after a newborn can take a toll on the body and mind, and it’s important to look out for warning signs of health problems so that you can treat them before they get too bad. Below are just some of the health problems to be wary of as a new mum.

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It’s normal for there to be some bleeding after giving birth. Bleeding can be quite heavy at first, but should get much lighter after a few days. It’s worth wearing pads for the first few weeks for this reason. 

When should you be worried about bleeding? If bleeding doesn’t seem to be easing up, this could be a worry. If you’re starting to feel weak or dizzy or passing large clots, you may also want to consult a doctor or your midwife so that you can get checked out. 


Various infections can take hold around the body after giving birth. It’s important to get treatment for an infection as soon as you can, as it could make you very ill and spread around the body.

You’ll usually know that you have an infection because there will be pain in the affected area. Urinary tract infections may cause pain while urinating as well as preventing you from being able to express milk if you are breastfeeding. A fever, nausea, headaches and unusual discharge are other symptoms to look out for. A doctor may be able to prescribe you antibiotics to clear it up if it is caught early. 

High blood pressure

Some women experience high blood pressure while pregnant, which is known as preeclampsia. High blood pressure after giving birth is known as postpartum preeclampsia - it is rarer but is still worth looking out for as it can lead to heart disease and other serious health problems if not treated.  

Signs of preeclampsia can include swelling in the feet, headaches, nausea or even changes in vision (such as blurriness or sensitivity to light). Getting your blood pressure tested can determine if you are experiencing preeclampsia. 


Pretty much all new mums will experience occasional lows after giving birth. This can be due to the sense of responsibility, the loss of personal freedom or simply the lack of sleep. For some mums, this can turn into postpartum depression. Some studies suggest that as many as 1 in 7 women experience this form of depression.

Overcoming postpartum depression may require seeking out therapy. This form of depression can affect mums differently with some craving a break from their child while others may experience separation anxiety and an unwillingness to be apart. Telling family and friends  and surrounding yourself with these people can help. 


Burnout can occur alongside postpartum depression. It is when you push yourself to such a point of exhaustion that your body physically gives up. It is most common in new mums who are getting little sleep or new mums who are also working/taking on other responsibilities. 

To prevent burnout, you need to pay attention to your body and take a break when it is necessary. Headaches, stomach aches and a sense of exhaustion are all signs that you are approaching burnout. Make sure that you have family members or friends who can step in and babysit for a few hours while you relax or catch up on sleep. 


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