My bleeding after giving birth to my second child was normal for three weeks, but was not letting up like I thought it should. Then, I went to the bathroom one day, and freaked out because blood was gushing like nothing I'd seen before. I called my gynocologist. I was told to put a fresh pad on, and see how long it takes to fill the pad up. About five minutes later, the bleeding stopped. I was told that sometimes there is a scab in the uterus where the placenta had been attatched, and that the scab sometimes slips off. The next day, it happened again, but I had been chasing and wrestling my almost three year old son. Same scenario, I started bleeding heavily and then it stopped about five minutes later. Two days after that, it happened once again. This time however, it was much heavier. The bleeding lasted a little longer, but still it stopped. So, I called the doctor again. Unfortunately, it was just a few minutes before they were going home for the day. They told me there was nothing they could do for me if the bleeding has stopped, and if I started bleeding continuously, I should go to the emergency room. Lay down and put my feet up, and take it easy. So, that is what I did. My mother took my older son home with her, and I followed the doctors orders for 24 hours, when the bleeding started yet another time. Fifteen minutes after I put a fresh pad on, I felt the bleeding had not stopped, and went back to the bathroom to check. I should note that through all of these episodes, I passed several blood clots averaging in the size a little larger than a golf ball. Anyway, I went back into the bathroom, sat on the toilet, and passed a blood clot that felt like the size of a football. I fainted after that. I was taken to the ER, and then had a D and C. There had been several pieces of the placenta still attatched to my uterus. The tool they use to perform the D and C could not even do the job. The doctor had to pull the pieces off with her fingers. It took twice as long to perform the D and C, and I lost a lot of blood. It was a very scary ordeal. Looking back, I don't know how well anyone looked at the placenta. I do know that the doctor was in a hurry for other reasons, the placenta did not come out right away, and she had to take time to sew up my episiotomy. I did give birth naturally with both my sons, and everything went well at delivery with each of them. Next time, I will have them check the placenta two or three times.View Thread
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