Postpartum hemorrhage is excessive blood loss in the mother. It is called primary when it is within the first 24 hours after childbirth. Any excessive blood loss can put the mother at considerable risk. The blood loss is usually shortly after delivery.
Secondary postpartum hemorrhage occurs between 24 hours to six weeks after childbirth. Some blood loss is normal. However, postpartum hemorrhage is a potentially serious condition that often goes unrecognized. Talk with your doctor if you have any concerns about blood loss after giving birth.
—a test that uses sound waves to examine the body, in this situation the inside of the uterus for retained placental tissue
—x-ray exam of the blood vessels when they are filled with a contrast material (a substance that makes the blood vessels visible on an x-ray); usually only used if uterine artery embolization is considered for treatment
Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. Treatment options include:
A massage technique called bimanual uterine massage can control bleeding. A doctor or nurse will place one hand in your vagina to push on your uterus, while the other hand pushes down on your abdomen. This action will cause a relaxed uterus to contract, thus slowing bleeding.
Bleeding can be caused by a tear in your genital tract or other trauma. The tear will be sutured. In addition, tissue from a retained placenta may need to be removed.
Your doctor may prescribe medications to contract the uterus. Examples include:
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provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
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starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a