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Postpartum hemorrhage why?

By Anonymous September 11, 2013 - 11:42pm
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I had my third baby 5 weeks ago.
I had a VBAC, started feeling very sick while pushing, blood pressure dropped and started vomiting allot. Then I started loosing lots of blood, postpartum hemorrhage, went in to DIC, lost over 9 pintes of blood, 16 transfusions, taken to OR to try to save my life, lung collapsed, small stroke which hopefully meant nothing, intubated in ICU for a few days. Woke up in ICU with a chest tube. They don't know why it happened and they say there must be some underlying problem. Breastfeeding is extremely important to me but I barely have milk, my prolactin is 20. Placenta was in good shape and came out on it's own.

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  Postpartum hemorrhage is defined as a loss of blood in the postpartum period of more than 500 mL. The average, spontaneous vaginal birth will typically have a 500 mL blood loss. In cesarean births the average blood loss rises to 800-1000 mL. There is a greater risk of hemorrhage in the first 24 hours after the birth, called primary postpartum hemorrhage. A secondary hemorrhage occurs after the first 24 hours of birth.

There are certain risk factors that make a postpartum hemorrhage more likely to happen:


Multiple Gestation

Large baby

Prolonged labor 

General Anethesia

Placenta Previa

Abruptio Placentae

Magnesium Sulfate infusion

It's important to discuss with your OBGYN and the risk of it happening again in another future pregnancy.



September 12, 2013 - 4:05am
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