With both of my previous births and my miscarriage, I hemorrhaged. I would love to know anything I can do to prevent this. Some people in another thread mentioned red raspberry leaf tea and nettles. I'd love more information on this or any other preventative measure (other than an actively managed third stage).
Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage
awww thanks! It was scary for a minute and I was wiped out for a couple days. I am reading this with interest because I'd like to prevent as much as possible.
I had a pph after my first birth. I had retained a piece of placenta, after a 22 hr labor. Fundal massage, pitocin, and a second-tier drug were all needed. Other than exhaustion, I was fine afterwards. The thing is, there are a lot of different causes of pph. My SIL has had two, but from completely different causes (I don't remember what they were ATM.) So while it might make sense to take general precautions, doing so won't necessarily prevent ANY pph. And if you've had one before for a reason that seems likely to repeat, there may or may not be anything you can do about it. My second and third labors were much, much shorter, and there was no retained placenta, therefore no pph. But my personal comfort zone for birth includes a midwife with pitocin available should I need her - no intentional UC for me. Although I did think my most recent birth was just about perfect with the midwife arriving 30 minutes before DD was born!