It is caused by bacteria that may be in the mother before childbirth. Bacteria could also enter the body during childbirth.
Things that may increase the risk for the pregnant person include:
Things during delivery that could raise the risk of it include:
- Cesarean section delivery
- Postpartum hemorrhage
- Being in labor for a long time
- Membranes that are broken for a long time during labor
- Devices put in the uterus before, during, or after birth
- Newborn stool in amniotic fluid (meconium)
- Placenta pieces stay in the mother after birth or get taken out by hand
- Bacterial infection of the membranes and amniotic fluid (chorioamnionitis)
Symptoms may start 2 days to 6 weeks after giving birth. They include:
- Fever and chills
- Feeling bad or unwell
- Belly pain and tenderness
- Foul smell or blood coming from the vagina
- Pain when passing urine
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
Edits to original content made by Denver Health.
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