I was bleeding heavily after I gave birth to Nate. It was called "Subinvolution Of The Uterus". It's a condition wherein the mother's uterus, after birth soften (which shouldn't be), causing it to bleed. Some of the causes of Subinvolution are:
*grand multiparityAccording to the Free Dictionary by Farlex, subinvolution is a Delayed or absent involution of the uterus during the postpartum period. The causes of subinvolution include retained fragments of placenta, uterine fibromyomas, and infection. Regardless of the cause of the condition, it is characterized by longer and heavier bleeding after childbirth and, on pelvic examination, a larger and softer uterus than would be expected at that time. Treatment includes ergonovine given by mouth for 2 or 3 days, and, if an infection is present, an antibiotic. The hemoglobin or hematocrit is also evaluated, and iron is given if necessary. A follow-up examination is performed 2 weeks later.
*overdistension of uterus as in twins and hydramnios
*ill maternal health
*Persistent lochia/fresh bleeding
*Very short labor
In my case, according to my OB, I had subinvolution probably because I had a very short labor. I was admitted at around 11am and was 4cm dilated and gave birth at 2:30pm. She told Dane she had tried some medications on me but the blood still wouldn't stop bleeding so she had to use a stronger dose of medicine (and more expensive one). I don't know what the medicine is called and Dane forgot what it was too.
Dane told me it was a very traumatic moment for him, he was so worried about me, he could feel his body trembling. He even said he forgot about Nate because our doctor said he was fine. haha. This was what he told me. It was almost the same time that Wowie de Guzman's wife suddenly died a month after giving birth so I guess that added the tension! lol.
Dane: "Alam ko na na nanganak ka na. Inupdate ko na yung mga kailangang iupdate. (I know you already gave birth, I've already updated those who needed to be updated). Tapos nakita ako ni doc, sabi nya: (then doc saw and said) "Nilyn, Nilyn (my OB didn't know Dane's name. lol). Alam ko ako tinutukoy nya (I know she was referring to me)."
"Sabi nya, nanganak na si Nilyn, ok naman yung baby, umiyak naman sya agad at malakas naman ang iyak nya, walang problema (Nilyn already gave birth, the baby was OK, he cried right away. he's definitely fine). Kaso si Nilyn, tapos pag sabi nyang ganun, kinabahan na ako, sabi nya, si Nilyn nagkaron ng subinvolution (however, nilyn, after she said that, I was nervous, she said, Nilyn had subinvolution), lumambot yung matres nya at kaya nagdugo sya (her uterus soften after delivery so she was bleeding). Marami na ako ginamit na gamot kaso ayaw tumigil pero itong huling ginamit ko, parang ok na sya, tumitigas na matres nya, oobserbahan nalang ng mga nurse yun.(I've used a few medicines on her but the bleeding won't stop but the last one I seemed to work on her. The nurses will continue to observe her condition)"
After that, he didn't know what to do so he chatted my cousin who was a registered nurse and he was relieved when she told him not to worry because it will just be healed and breastfeeding will surely help. True enough, when I woke up, I saw an ice bag on my tummy and was told to keep it that way and to monitor and feel my uterus from time to time. I was also advised to breastfeed Nate as often as I can as it will help with my condition.
One time when I was in the hospital to have Nate checked, I overheard one woman say that she has a relative who died due to heavy bleeding after delivery. The baby lived but the mother didn't survive. I'm blessed and so very thankful for God's guidance during that time. Indeed delivery is a very crucial time for mothers and babies.
Did you have any postpartum issues? I'd like to hear it. :)