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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

So I have a question for you all as well.  Today is 18 days PP, Camden has been doing fantastic and until yesterday morning was nursing at a normal frequency.  yesterday he started cluster feeding all day/night and I'm assuming it's a growth spurt, I'm totally fine with ti although exhausted today because I understand this is part of it.  Last evening I decided to wear some spanx to work on belly binding (not sure if it's too late for this or not?) and I took 2 of my placenta pills after not taking them for about 4-5 days and Camden woke up around 1:30 to eat and stayed awake nursing until almost 4 (worst night since he was born).  I stopped bleeding/spotting around 6 days PP but during this long awake period last night I started bleeding suddenly.  Not just a little, like soaked a hospital pad within an hour.  No warning signs of any kind, just bleeding.  It started out very dark red/black and has since gotten brighter but not RED bright.  It's less now than it was in the middle of the night but I'm still bleeding, when I go to the bathroom is pours out.  I'm also cramping on my right side and having a burning pain at my incision site on the right side as well.  I'm unfamiliar with this, is this normal or do I need to call someone??

post #2 of 8

Already responded to this in the other thread. But wanted to add  that I think it should have been OK to use the spanx and it wasn't too late. But, the bleeding and the burning incision would lead me to contact your care provider.

post #3 of 8
Definitely contact your provider! I retained placenta with my dd and that sounds suspicious to me.
post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 
I didn't call today, figured I could go tomorrow to the urgent care that I like. A lady in the June DDC basically said all thus sounds normal/typical for post section to her (she's had 5 now) and even said she's experiencing something similar now as well.

Just out curiosity though, what happens with retained placenta and how did you feel, how did they treat??
post #5 of 8
I would stop bleeding and then start again a few days later in big gushes. I wasn't diagnosed until I was nearly 6 weeks post partum because I had no idea what is normal. I didn't realize that bright red bleeding on/off for 6 weeks wasn't normal. I had an ultrasound and pelvic exam to confirm then they gave me medicine to start my uterus contracting again (probably cytotec) but was told I would need a d&c if I didn't pass the tissue on my own, which luckily I did. I was also lucky not to get an infection.
post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 
Ah ok, that happened to me after Oliver passed away in Jan 2012. I remember what it was like greensad.gif and hopefully that's not what's going on. Thanks mama
post #7 of 8

hug2.gifi hope that's not what going on--but if you suspect it, i'd go for simple peace of mind. you've got your hands full with other things to have to worry. on another hand i remember i had pretty much quit bleeding and then had an almost period at 5 weeks pp. i was totally confused and hope that didn't indicate that i'd continue to have regular bleeding. also, i know exhaustion can cause more bleeding...but again, i'd follow your own intuition. 

post #8 of 8
I would call your Doc! Retained placentas can get serious, infection, etc. my niece had retained placenta among other issues but it was scary. good luck. Hope you feel better fast.
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