Morally, it is strongly advised in all major religions across the world that terminating pregnancy (abortion) is a big sin. Even if you are atheist, for a civilized human it is considered an evil act.
Abortion is the ending of pregnancy by removing a fetus or embryo from the womb before it can survive on its own. An abortion which occurs spontaneously is also known as a miscarriage. An abortion may be caused purposely and is then called an induced abortion, or less frequently, induced miscarriage.
Heavy weakness to excessive bleeding are the physical problems women face after abortion.
Once you had abortion, the body takes some time to recover. But are there symptoms that should be a cause of concern? Do some of the signs indicate health risks? Well, just as any other surgical procedure, abortion too comes with its share of risks. If you see the following warning signs, make sure you speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
The Post Abortion Health Warning Signs
Risks of Pregnancy Termination
If you have fever over 100 degrees that doesn’t respond to medication, you need to worry. Make sure you reach out to your doctor and get a check up done to know what’s wrong. In case, fever stays for 48 or more hours, over 100 degrees, get immediate medical attention.
Bleeding is normal after abortion. But do you know the limit? Do you know how much bleeding is normal?
Here are some warning signs to watch out for:
Bleeding should not be abnormally heavy. It should not exceed a heavy flow period at worst.
Don’t ignore clots that are bigger than a quarter or grape size. Understand that bigger clots are a danger sign. For instance, if you see clots that are of orange size or bigger, contact the doctor immediately.
The bleeding should stay the same. It should get lighter as each day passes. You need to worry if it gets heavier.
Check with your doctor if bleeding lasts anywhere from 3 days to 5 weeks after abortion.
In case, the bleeding gets heavier or the colour of the discharge changes back to a bright red. An indication of new bleeding is dangerous. Get yourself checked with a doctor.
Cramps and Pain
Cramps and pain are normal but you need to check with a doctor if it is unbearable and result in soreness. Excessive pain that does not respond to medicine should be attended on an immediate basis.
Other Warning Signs After Abortion
Vaginal discharge that smells foul
A feeling of tenderness in the abdomen
Continued pregnancy symptoms
Significant changes in bladder habits
Change in regular bowel habits
Blood in stool
Blood in urine
Bleeding from IV sites (intravenous sites). These include top of the hand, upper forearm, lower forearm, inner forearm (right near elbow fold).
Post Abortion Precautions
Take a break from strenuous activities such as lifting things and moving around the house a lot. You need to focus on complete bed rest. Keep your feet elevated. Stay in bed. The chores can wait. Hire a help and order food for dinner.
Understand you have had a surgical procedure. Hence, you should take good care of yourself physically.
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