Bleeding or postpartum hemorrhage
Postpartum vaginal bleeding is a common symptom both after vaginal or C-section delivery that tells you that something is wrong with you.
Naturally, a woman who had just delivered is expected to have an average blood loss of around 500 ml.
Unfortunately, this situation can grow into postpartum hemorrhage when the uterus fails to properly contract after the delivery of the placenta or due to lacerations and tears in the uterus, vagina or cervix and therefore causes heavy bleeding which might cause you to change pads frequently within one hour.
If this heavy bleeding occurs after a week or two postpartum, it might be due to the retained pieces of placenta in your uterus which was not delivered.
This also puts you at risk for postpartum hemorrhage and must not be neglected. If you’re home already and you notice this symptom, your first point of call should be your doctor. In the case of the leftover placenta, a surgical procedure might be recommended by your doctor to remove it. If you happen to be in the hospital and find yourself in this life-threatening situation, you should call the attention of a midwife or doula if your doctor is not readily available to help palpate your uterus into contraction or prescribe oxytocin synthetic hormone to be given to you, whichever be the case.
Some complications of postpartum hemorrhage might include anemia, shock or even death. Whatever happens, and you notice this heavy bleeding or postpartum bleeding clots bigger than 50p piece; do not hesitate to call the attention of your doctor as it might interest you to know that postpartum hemorrhage is the third most common cause of maternal death.