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Things to Know about Postpartum Hemorrhage

May 27 , 2021

A postpartum hemorrhage, also known as PPH, is a serious but rare condition that causes women to bleed uncontrollably after giving birth. This typically happens within 1 day of giving birth but can occur up to 12 weeks after having a baby.

Here is everything you need to know about postpartum Hemorrhage and how it is treated.

What causes post-partum hemorrhage?

If the placenta isn’t delivered within 30 minutes after childbirth, it’s known as a retained placenta. If it or parts of it are still attached to the uterine wall, it can cause severe infection or life-threatening blood loss. Signs of placental problems include:

  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Uterine contractions

How does post-partum hemorrhage look like?

Due to significant blood loss, postpartum hemorrhage can cause a drop in your blood pressure. Your organs may not get enough blood flow which can cause you to go into shock and possibly die.

Treatments for postpartum hemorrhage

The treatment should be given immediately after finding the cause of bleeding. The possible treatments include:

  • Removing placenta pieces if left in the uterus
  • massaging the uterus
  • Examining vagina, vulva and cervix to know the cause of bleeding.
  • Performing Laparotomy to find the source of the bleed.

Can post-partum hemorrhage be prevented?

You can speak to the doctor to understand the risks and complications. If they suggest you take certain precautions then you can follow that.

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