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Post-partum haemorrhage

Has anyone ever experienced a post-partum haemorrhage with their first delivery but not with their second?
I had a very terrifying post-partum haemorrhage after delivering my son, this resulted in me having to have a blood transfusion.
I remember literally feeling the life slipping away from me and i was absolutely petrified i was going to die :(
Has anyone else been through this and experienced a normal delivery with subsequent pregnancies?
I am feeling terrified in this pregnancy :(
I would appreciate any stories :)
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Re: Post-partum haemorrhage

  • @Teejay26 I'm an L&D nurse had have had many patients who had significant PPH with a previous baby and minimal to normal bleeding with a subsequent baby, but I have also seen women who do have excessive bleeding again. It can really depend on what caused the initial PPH. Retained placental pieces or cervical/vaginal tears can cause significant bleeding, but aren't likely to repeat - however if you have a history of anemia or low platelets those might…

    Make sure your care team knows about your history. Then they can make sure to take additional precautions, such as having anti-hemorrhagic drugs present in the room and maybe even having cross-matched blood in the room depending on their practice.

    Hopefully you don't have repeat bleeding and everything goes smoothly for you!
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  • @Jenstwins
    Thank you very much for your reply, i'm pretty sure my PPH was due to my uterus failing to contract after delivery, i certainly think this is what has been explained to me before.

    I have an appointment with my consultant on the 20th dec so i'll get the opportunity to discuss my fears and worries then.

    I really do hope this does not happen again. The thought of another PPH and blood transfusion terrifies me :(

    Thanks again for your reply and kind words
    x
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  • I had a pph with my third child, and was very afraid when I became pregnant with my 4th. He came out just fine though, and there was minimal bleeding. No hemorrhage at all :)
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  • I delivered my second child almost 3 months ago, I hemorraged with my first a week after her birth and was rushed from my OBs office to surgery (listening to my doc yell at the hospital day surgery center on the phone saying "Get me a room! Do you want her to bleed out waiting" was not what i wanted to hear.) It was terrifying and resulted in a D&C and blood transfusion. It was traumatizing and i was happy to wait almost three years for our second.

     

    When i had my son in Sept, I was scared of a repeat. I had a scheduled c-section (my first was an emergency) and everything went smoothly. I went home two days later was able to take care of my son (with my daughter I was so drained from blood loss it seemed like ages before I could care for her by myself). No hemorrage, I did have a decent size clot pass in the middle of the night one  night and panicked slightly, as that was how the first hemorrage started. But everything was fine and all went well. Good luck mama. It is scary, but it will most likely be ok.

  • I delivered my second child almost 3 months ago, I hemorraged with my first a week after her birth and was rushed from my OBs office to surgery (listening to my doc yell at the hospital day surgery center on the phone saying "Get me a room! Do you want her to bleed out waiting" was not what i wanted to hear.) It was terrifying and resulted in a D&C and blood transfusion. It was traumatizing and i was happy to wait almost three years for our second.

     

    When i had my son in Sept, I was scared of a repeat. I had a scheduled c-section (my first was an emergency) and everything went smoothly. I went home two days later was able to take care of my son (with my daughter I was so drained from blood loss it seemed like ages before I could care for her by myself). No hemorrage, I did have a decent size clot pass in the middle of the night one  night and panicked slightly, as that was how the first hemorrage started. But everything was fine and all went well. Good luck mama. It is scary, but it will most likely be ok.

    Thank you very much for sharing your story, it has given me some reassurance :)
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  • Hemophilia runs in my family didn't know this until third pregnancy. Had a water birth with my third and bled out I lost about two liters of blood and just barely made it to hospital by ambulance. I was at a home birthing center. I remember doc had a lil hard time getting me to stop bleeding after my second which was a normal labor with an epidural. Maybe should have saw this as a potential risk sooner. I also had Hashimotos Disease at tha time-dnt know if that was a factor or not.
  • I hemorraged with my first but not my second.

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  • This exact same thing happened to me when my dd was born 2 years ago.  It resulted in a major blood transfusion and a d&c.  I'm 32 weeks now and Im so afraid that its going to happen again.   My midwife keeps telling me that the whole practice knows my case and will be prepared this time, but i'm terrified of dying.  The closer my due date gets the more nervous I get.  Reading these stories about follow on pregnancies that went smoothly is extremely encouraging!
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  • Hazell121 said:
    This exact same thing happened to me when my dd was born 2 years ago.  It resulted in a major blood transfusion and a d&c.  I'm 32 weeks now and Im so afraid that its going to happen again.   My midwife keeps telling me that the whole practice knows my case and will be prepared this time, but i'm terrified of dying.  The closer my due date gets the more nervous I get.  Reading these stories about follow on pregnancies that went smoothly is extremely encouraging!

    Hazell121 I hope everything went fine!
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