Anyone had a severe post partnum blood loss? I lost 3.5 litres of blood after giving birth

Anoushka - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Hi. When I gave birth almost 2 years ago, my uterus ruptured badly especially when i was refused a caesearan. Wondering if this has happened to anyone else? i'm the only person whom i know this has happened to, so would be good to hear of any other similiar experiences. Also had a severe 3.5 litre post partnum haemoragh afterwards.

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Susan - posted on 09/10/2012

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When I had our first child in 2006 I had a postpartum hemorrhage and lost 4 litres of blood. At my 6 week check up I was advised that this was exceptionally rare and unlikely to happen again. 3 years later we tried for another baby, suffering a heartbreaking ectopic pregnancy and 2 miscarriages. However, in 2010 our second daughter was born. This time I lost 4.5 litres of blood. There can be no explanation given for this, but I was advised that I would not survive a third birth. This time the blood loss was more difficult for the medical staff to deal with and a balloon had to be inserted. On both occassions the placenta did not deliver and had to be surgically removed. If this has happened to you once please ensure you obtain as much information as possible before contemplating more children. Thankfully I am still here to enjoy both our wonderful children. I remain eternally grateful to all those who donated blood and platelets. My husband has, of his own accord, had the snip.

Brandice - posted on 04/24/2010

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My uterus did not rupture, however with my first child I lost I'm not sure how much blood, but was givin 2 units of blood. I had her naturally. With my son I had a c-section and because they had to cut through a huge vein, I lost half my blood volume right there. I had to be given 4 units of blood and almost coded (died) later that day due to blood loss. Mine wasn't really post-partum, but I did lose a LOT of blood. I was so weak for a long time.

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Jessica - posted on 04/24/2010

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I do not know who much blood I lost after my two boys were born (same summer day 1 year apart). I wore Depends after they were born. I did lose alot of blood. Both times it was like having a heavy, heavy period. Instead of wearing sanitary pads I wore Depends.

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