Table 5-1Signs and symptoms of potentially life threatening conditions

Signs and symptomsCondition
Sudden and profuse blood loss or persistent increased blood loss

Faintness, dizziness or palpitations/tachycardia
Postpartum haemorrhage
Fever, shivering, abdominal pain and/or offensive vaginal lossInfection
Headaches accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms within the first 72 hours after birth: Pre-eclampsia/eclampsia
Unilateral calf pain, redness or swelling

Shortness of breath or chest pain

From: 5, Maintaining Maternal Health

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National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care (UK).
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