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Dr. Linda Bernstein
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Postpartum is a term that means after the "separation of the mother and the baby", or after ...Read more


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Could postpartum c-section wear stilettos?

Could postpartum c-section wear stilettos?

Yes: You can wear anything you want, but be careful not to fall as that could cause some irritation to your wound. ...Read more

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How risky is it with getting an abortion after two months c-section post-partum?

How risky is it with getting an abortion after two months c-section post-partum?

This is a real...: ...predicament. It's not safe to get pregnant so soon after delivery since you haven't had enough time to recover from the last pregnancy. But, if your uterus hasn't completely recovered, the risk of complications from an abortion is higher too. The safest approach is a medically induced abortion which doesn't require putting any instruments in your uterus. Talk to your OBGYN. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Smelly odor 3 weeks post partum c section. ?

Could be problem: Any pain, fevers....if so need to see your OB asap. If not...can have some discharge for several weeks after c sectionl. Continue to observe and if any pain, fevers, increasing foulness of discharge, see your OB. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my C-section area to hurt if I ran a little ? Im 5 months post Partum

Scar tissue: You have scar tissue from the incision so that may pull and stretch a little as you get back into shape with running. That is normal and to be expected. ...Read more

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Upper stomach is pulsating. 12 weeks postpartum, had a C-section what could it be?

Upper stomach is pulsating. 12 weeks postpartum, had a C-section what could it be?

Your Aorta: Any time a doc hears about a "pulsating" area in the abdomen, the Abdominal Aorta should come to mind, as that is often palpable and can at times be seen as a pulsatile area through the abdomen (which is a normal variant often). Get eval to be sure that is all it is. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Previous post partum haemorrage and c section, is vaginal birth an option instead?

Previous post partum haemorrage and c section, is vaginal birth an option instead?

Not recommended: Controversy over vaginal birth after c-section has gone from one end of the spectrum (no) to the other (sometimes) . Your OB can determine if you are a candidate for vaginal birth after c-section and if you are your delivery will be very closely monitored and preparation for c-section will be in place in case you need it. The surgical team will be nearby throughout your labor and delivery. ...Read more

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I'm 2 weeks 3 days postpartum from a c-section. Still bleeding bright red, and have pieces of flesh coming out of me. Should I be concerned?

Yes: I think its odd to have tissue matter so far away post partum. Best to recommend a consultation with your doctor/Obstetrician Gynecologist as soon as possible. If you have pain or worsening symptoms going to the Emergency Room would be an ideal option. ...Read more

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What could be the reason for a sharp stabbing pain near the incision 11 weeks post partum after a c section?

What could be the reason for a sharp stabbing pain near the incision 11 weeks post partum after a c section?

Probably adhesions: Post op incisional pain such as you are describing is pretty common. It is often difficult to know what exactly the pain is from or even where it is coming from. The tissue at the surgical site is less flexible than before surgery and tends to stretch and even tear a little bit during healing process which can take up to 6 months to complete. My guess is that this pain will resolve in a few days. ...Read more

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I am approximately 3 month post partum and had an unexpected c-section with my daughter. If i were to get pregnant in the next 3 months could i vbac?

I am approximately 3 month post partum and had an unexpected  c-section with my daughter. If i were to get pregnant in the next 3 months could i vbac?

Don't !: It is now advisable to wait at least two years between pregnancies, c/section or not. There is a slight increased risk of autism spectrum disorder in the newborn with pregnancies less than 2 years apart. Your body needs to heal as well. Your uterine scar definitely needs to heal more than 6 months. You would be taking a chance with a life-threatening uterine scar rupture in labor. ...Read more

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18 days postpartum,hb 11.7,rbc 5.06,mcv 74.9,mch 23.1,mchc 30.9,rdw-cv 19.4? Please comment, having anxiety and numbness.had a c section.

18 days postpartum,hb 11.7,rbc 5.06,mcv 74.9,mch 23.1,mchc 30.9,rdw-cv 19.4? Please comment, having anxiety and numbness.had a c section.

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your Hb and MCV are a little low suggesting iron deficiency. It would be desirable to take oral iron supplement and multivitamins. You may wish to resume physical activity as tolerated. ...Read more

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I am 18 months postpartum. my incision on my c section scar is red and sore.

I am 18 months postpartum. my incision on my c section scar is red and sore.

Kelloid scar: It is a long time after birth, the scar should have fully healed by now. It might be that you developed a kelloid scar, wich is scar tissue thats more prominent and painful. See GP to suggest potential treatments. ...Read more

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I'm 3 weeks C-section postpartum and i stopped bleeding and i'm feeling normal again. Can I have sex?

ASK your OB: Your OB should have already given u instructions regarding that, the usual time to wait is until after your post partum check so your OB can make suree verything is ok which is at 5-6 weeks after delivery. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about soreness around my c section incision at 4 weeks post partum? It became sore last night and today I have ran a temperature

Call your OB MD: The incision may be developing an infection with the soreness and temperature. Give your OB MD a call to have him/her examine the wound/incision.. ...Read more

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I had a C-section 5 wks ago. POst partum bleeding stopped about 2 wks ago. 4 days ago I started to bleed again a dark brown now a bright red. Period?

I had a C-section 5 wks ago. POst partum bleeding stopped about 2 wks ago. 4 days ago I started to bleed again a dark brown now a bright red. Period?

Could be: Periods are irregular post partum. Unless the bleeding is large volume I would not be too concerned about the color. You should follow up with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Had a C-section 5wks ago. Post partum bleeding stopped 2wks ago. Started bleeding again 4 days ago. Bright red with clots. Heavy but not filling a pad?

Had a C-section 5wks ago. Post partum bleeding stopped 2wks ago. Started bleeding again 4 days ago. Bright red with clots. Heavy but not filling a pad?

See Below...: After a c/section its possible to have some off and on bleeding as the placental site and c/section scar heal. It usually doesn't indicate something is wrong. Keep an eye on it. If it doesn't go away, see your Ob. ...Read more

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7.5 weeks post partum and c section. Would a d dimer test come out normally or would itstill be elevated from pregnancy and surgery?

7.5 weeks post partum and c section. Would a d dimer test come out normally or would itstill be elevated from pregnancy and surgery?

Several causes: It is possible that the D-Dimer is be normal, and it is possible that it is still elevated due to ongoing tissue healing since surgery.
The D-Dimer is typically done to evaluate for a possible blood clot. However, it is commonly falsely high due to other reasons such as an underlying infection, inflammation such as arthritis, kidney problems, and heart problems. ...Read more

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I am 14.5 weeks postpartum following c section. Have begun bleeding again but no pain. Very bright red and very very heavy. Is this my first period?

I am 14.5 weeks postpartum following c section. Have begun bleeding again but no pain. Very bright red and very very heavy. Is this my first period?

Maybe: Based upon your description, it could be, but we are limited to a very few words. If you are worried, please return to your doctor for further evaluation. I hope you feel better! ...Read more

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I had anal sex now i'm bleeding having some pain...I'm about 3 weeks postpartum and i had a c-section. Is bleeding normal? When can I have vaginal sex

I had anal sex now i'm bleeding having some pain...I'm about 3 weeks postpartum and i had a c-section. Is bleeding normal? When can I have vaginal sex

Maybe normal: Whether you have a c-section or a vaginal delivery, it can take up to 6 weeks for the uterus to heal and stop bleeding. Bleeding can stop and start during that time. Most doctors say 6 weeks for vaginal intercourse after a delivery. But usually you get a post partum exam around that time, and the doctor then gives you a "go ahead" if everything is healed. I'm not surprised you had pain. ...Read more

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I am 24years old I had a c section and tubal litigation on 11/27.I am now 9 mo postpartum and I haven't had a menstrual since June ! Now I'm lactating?

I am 24years old I had a c section and tubal litigation on 11/27.I am now 9 mo postpartum and I haven't had a menstrual since June ! Now I'm lactating?

Unclear question: Did you have periods after child birth and now periods have stopped? You have been breastfeeding the baby for the past 9 months and never had a period since childbirth? You did not breast feed or stopped breast feeding and now your breasts are leaking milk? All of these have different connotations. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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6 week postpartum, had c section, green mucus discharge, is it an infection?

6 week postpartum, had c section, green mucus discharge, is it an infection?

Perhaps: If you have pain and or a fever and or foul discharge, it could be an infection and you will need to see your obstetrician. If not, no worries. It is not unusual to get discharges of various colors after delivery, such as red, brown, greenish, yellow or purple. ...Read more