Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is a rare but serious condition characterized by heavy bleeding after birth. The physicians at our practice offer treatment for PPH and other complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth. We are committed to providing the best care possible in an atmosphere of compassion and respect.
Bleeding After Childbirth
It is important to be aware that bleeding occurs for several days after vaginal birth. Initially, it will be a bright red color, and you will need to wear a hospital-grade pad. The bleeding will lessen over time and darken to a rust color. You may continue to have discharge called lochia for up to six weeks after giving birth, which may become an almost green color. All of this is completely normal. What is not normal is severe, heavy bleeding that persists. If this occurs, you may be experiencing a condition called postpartum hemorrhage.
How to Recognize Postpartum Hemorrhage
PPH occurs when the contractions that push out the placenta after birth are not strong enough to remove it entirely or if small pieces of your placenta remain attached inside your body. PPH can also occur in women who commenced vaginal labor but needed an unplanned C-section for an emergency. It is rare, impacting only 1-5% of women. When it does occur, it usually happens within a day of giving birth, but it could occur at any time up to 12 weeks postpartum.
Symptoms of PPH include:
- Severe bleeding from the vagina that does not stop.
- Blurred vision
- Weakness or feeling like you are going to faint
If you think that you are experiencing PPH, contact your doctor or call 911 immediately. This condition causes a severe decrease in blood pressure which can send your body into shock—when your organs are not receiving enough blood, and can even result in death if it is not treated.
Schedule Your Appointment
Throughout your pregnancy and after delivering your baby, it is vital that you continue with regular checkups to evaluate your physical health. Listen to your body and let your doctor know if you are experiencing anything abnormal. Complications such as PPH can be treated, so reach out to our practice to receive that first-class care you deserve.