I had a shot of methergine plus 3 oral doses at the hospital because of the huge amount of blood I lost at the birth. My bleeding slowed dramatically and by 1 week pp I was barely spotting (unusual for me, it usually takes me 4 weeks to get down to spotting). Then, around a week and a half pp, I was getting ready for church and suddenly felt a lot of fluid coming out. I had a pad on, but I might as well not have; by the time I walked from my living room to the bathroom, I had soaked thru the pad, panties, slip and skirt. I found a huge, "meaty" clot and nearly passed out. I was so shaky! I called the OBs and they put me on another round of methergine to help my uterus clamp down. That helped and the bleeding completely stopped. Five days later, I was wearing a pantyliner (geez!!). We had been out shopping the craft-y type stores, looking for a porch swing. I was walking across my front yard when I felt some bleeding. I hurried toward the house, laid the baby down on the bed and went into the bathroom. I reached down to unzip my jeans, and I had soaked all the way through and blood was literally dripping down the outside of my jeans. I felt so weak and woozy, but after I sat on the toilet for 10 minutes or so, I felt okay. So I cleaned up, laid myself down, and stayed sitting/laying for the next couple days. On the third day, I got back to some activity and had another gush. Called again, got ANOTHER round of methergine. Told to come in the day after finishing that round to have an u/s. U/s showed my uterus to be half-full of clots,etc, and half-full of fluid (blood). Each time the clots shift, I get a huge rush of fluid/blood and nearly faint. Great! So the OB puts me on methergine AGAIN (4th round) and cytotec to open my cervix to pass the clots. I took those over a weekend and sat on the couch, on towels, wearing the hugest pads I could find and.... NOTHING. Now I have days and days with NO bleeding at all, then I'll have a day with something like period flow. I know there's no placenta left (at least, it didn't show in the u/s) and I REALLY REALLY don't want to do the d&c. OB said I should pass all remaining clots and fluid during my next cycle... geez louise!! It takes me at least a year to start cycling again! I can't wait that long (and risk infection, have periodic huge gushes of blood soaking my clothes, then pass YEAR-OLD clots and junk??? No thanks!!) She says she feels comfortable waiting till the 2-month mark to revisit the d&c discussion. They are going to do a repeat u/s at my 6w pp visit on July 1st. Sure hope there's nothing in there, but I know I haven't passed all that junk, yet..
Wow! Sorry about the book! I just wanted to say I feel your pain! Hope the methergine works for you on the first try! It (plus the bleeding) wipes me totally out!