"Postpartum morbidity--what we can do"

Med J Malaysia. 2006 Dec;61(5):651-6.


Postpartum is a crucial period for a mother. During this period a mother is going through the physiological process of uterine involution and at the same time adapting to her new role in the family. Many postpartum complications occur during this period. Among the important obstetric morbidities are postpartum hemorrhage, pregnancy related hypertension, pulmonary embolism and puerperal sepsis. Common surgical complications are wound breakdown, breast abscess and urinary fecal incontinence. Medical conditions such as anemia, headache, backache, constipation and sexual problems may also be present. Unrecognized postpartum disorders can lead to physical discomfort, psychological distress and a poor quality of life for the mothers. Providing quality postnatal care including earlier identification of the problems (correction) and proper intervention will help the mother to achieve full recovery and restore her functional status back to the pre-pregnancy state sooner.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertension, Pregnancy-Induced / therapy
  • Obstetrics / methods
  • Postpartum Hemorrhage / therapy
  • Postpartum Period / physiology*
  • Postpartum Period / psychology
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / classification
  • Pregnancy Complications / therapy*
  • Puerperal Infection / therapy
  • Pulmonary Embolism / therapy