Postpartum chills

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Postpartum chills is a physiological response that occurs within two hours of childbirth. It appears as uncontrollable shivering. It is seen in many women after delivery and can be unpleasant. It lasts for a short time. It is thought to be a result of a nervous system response. It may also be related to fluid shifts and the actual strenuous work of labor. It is considered a normal response and there is no accompanying fever. A fever would indicate an infection. Reassurance is all that is needed and for the mother to be kept warm. It has been described as a fairly common and normal occurrence.[1][2] It is thought to be possibly related to the environmental temperature.[3]


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  3. ^ Harper, RG; Quintin, A; Kreynin, I; Brooks, GZ; Farahani, G; Lesser, M (November 1991). "Observations on the postpartum shivering phenomenon". The Journal of reproductive medicine. 36 (11): 803–7. PMID 1765959.


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