Bleeding After Delivery

What is bleeding following delivery?

After delivery, the uterus shrinks back to 1/10-th of the size during pregnancy within only 6 weeks. Reddish-brown vaginal discharge wholesale nfl jerseys (lochia) is present for wholesale jerseys 3 to 4 days, which turns into a malodorous, bloody and watery discharge (lochia serosa) for 3 weeks after the delivery. Afterwards, the discharge often turns yellowish/white (lochia alba) for another 1 or 2 weeks.

However, in some women tissue from the delivery may have been retained in the uterine cavity, in which case the uterus has problems contracting completely and new red vaginal bleeding would start about 7 to 14 days after the delivery. This is abnormal and requires an urgent assessment by the physician or obstetrician to nfl jerseys cheap prevent the development of a hydatidiform mole or of a choriocarcinoma.

How is abnormal bleeding treated?

The physician usually orders an ultrasound, which would show whether or not retained tissue is found in the uterus. If cheap nba jerseys there is, a uterine evacuation and curettage would be arranged. If the uterine cavity is empty, oxytocin can be given intravenously or methylergonovine (Methergine) intramuscularly. Sporting The latter substance cannot be used in patients with heart problems cheap oakleys sunglasses or hypertension.

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