I can't find any info out about this. When I gave birth to my son (3rd child, home water birth) over a year ago, his delivery went very easily but then I couldn't deliver the placenta. My midwife (actually, a doctor) said the placenta had attached in several places and he had to do a manual placenta extraction. Soon after that, I began to bleed a lot and passed out. I ended up being ok, although I opted not to go the hospital for a blood transfusion and was weak for 2 weeks afterward. I also had a LOT of excessive amniotic fluid (cause unknown) while pregnant, don't know it that is related. Although I was breastfeeding, I continued to bleed (less and less) almost until I got my 1st period again, when my son was about 7 months old. I wanted to breastfeed for at least a year but had to give it up at 10 months because my son wasn't gaining any weight due to my lack of breast milk. Anyway, a year after his birth, I started taking birth control pills to control my raging PMS. I bled the whole time I was on them so I stopped taking them. My doctor put me on a lower dose pill but that did nothing for my mood swings. He put me back on the higher dose and I started bleeding again on the 2nd day of taking them. The 3rd day was heavy and I was wearing a tampon. When I went to pee, I was shocked to find what looked like placenta in my underwear. It was much larger than a quarter (chicken egg sized). I called my Dr., who told me to put it in water to see if it dissipated and was really a clot. Nope, solid tissue. He says it probably was a piece of my placenta and not to worry about it but I am still bleeding as much as I would for a heavy period (it has been 2 days) and am passing small clots. Should I be worried? I can find info on retained placenta, but nothing retained this long after birth. Sorry this is so long, just wanted to give all the info I have because I'm really hoping someone knows something about this. Thank you!
My supply was impacted by my retained placenta too. I'm sorry that you struggled with the same thing. If it is any comfort at all, I did not have retained placenta with my next pregnancy.
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012
I, too, had retained placenta, but only for 10 weeks, that impacted my milk suppy. That is sooo tough
ETA: I also had a really hard time finding any information on retention past a week pp.
I do agree, you may want to see about a second opinion or etc., as this is a very, very long time to have gone. Was your doctor aware you were bleeding that long? Mine wasn't HUGELY concerned that I was still bleeding at 2 months pp, but he said that I would be stopping very soon at that point.
He didn't have any reason to believe I had retained placental fragments, my placenta had appeared intact, and what he found when he did the extraction was a very small piece (just a few centimeters).
I had a retained placenta about three years ago with the birth of my daughter. They found it about 2 months later and tried the suction removal and when that didn't work they did a D&C the following month. Anyone have the same experience and a successful second birth? We have been ttc for nine months now and nothing has happened and with our first it was on the first try. Everything is normal, my cycles are normal and ovulation kit is positive each month at the same time, so not sure if I should be worried about anything from the D&C.
With my first dd I haemorrhaged 5 weeks pp.
This time I home birthed in a tub (which went AMAZING!!!) but two hours after birth I severely hemmorraged and had to be rushed to hospital for blood transfusion and many manual removals because I kept bleeding internally. I have not since had a d&c, they ran me on pitocin all night (again). I'm interested to see if the ultrasound shows everything is gone or not. Now with all of that being said. I was found to have some strange placental issues throughout this pregnancy, I was sent to Mount Sinais placental clinic where they found it not to be of any danger (my placenta was made up of many pieces like the Cayman Islands and I had a bifurcated cord as well) what they didn't know is that I also had placenta accreta which is quite rare and when the placenta grows into the uterus. That's why I bled so heavily and why I had the manual removal. I will let you know what comes of my ultrasound on may 22. Wish me luck!!
I hope all is well with you and would be interested in hearing your progress as well