Originally Posted by flapjack
Spughy- if I understand correctly, one of the reasons that our blood volume increases in pregnancy is because we're going to lose a fair amount of it when the placenta comes away at the end of it: the body already has a management strategy in place, if that makes any sense?
That's an excellent point, Helen, and one that frankly I hadn't thought of (slaps forehead). And thank you Kavita for all the additional info - I am rethinking my position on this. I think I need to do more research... I am going to ask my midwives for a copy of (or reference for) the studies they used. Or I might be able to use DH's university library access to find the study online. I am starting to suspect that the results they reported were from actively managed labours, not the natural labours that my midwives generally attend.