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Old 05-15-2014, 06:11 AM - Thread Starter
 
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There are a few things from my UC that I still don't have a clue about, lol. I UCed with my first so I don't have a former midwife or doctor to ask either.

#1 is: why did I have thickish dark red blood during transition. I wasn't worried because if it had been the placenta prematurely detaching it would have been bright red, right?

#2 is: when my daughter was born her cord was about the diameter of a #2 pencil, pale, and limp. From the time my water broke til I had her was only 4 hrs. My contrax started after my water broke so it's not like I had prolonged labor or anything. She was a beautiful pink color from the getgo; no gray/blue color at all, so I know she wasn't oxygen deprived. I just thought umbilical cords were thicker and that they pulsate for a while. We were going to wait to cut her cord but we're sort of thrown off by it. We went ahead and cut it and it did have a little bit of blood so we zip tied it( ROTFLMAO.gif lol!!). We had to retie it later though cuz that didn't work as well as we had wanted.

#3 is: when her head came out I had gotten impatient so I decided to just push her body out in one big push duh.gif . Well she spun out spun out so fast that I'm guessing her shoulders caught the side of my labia(???) cuz I tore. I don't remember what all of those girly bits are called but I know that I didn't tear in the perineum at all. I didn't know anything had torn until I was peeing later and looked and saw this HUGE swollen place. At first I thought tissue like I had been passing was just stuck to me but then I felt it and realized that it was me!! Well dh was more freaked out than I was, but then again he could see it more. To get to the point I think the swolleness was a hematoma cuz when dh pulled the tissue looking stuff off it bleed a decent bit but went down. He was so freaked out about pulling a part of me off but I couldn't feel anything when he pinched it and so I think it was sort of like a scab thing and needed to come off. Now I'm back to normal but we wondered if it would ever be normal again, lol. Anyone else experience this?

If anyone else has things they did or still do feel stumped by I'd like to hear. Maybe we can help educate each other winky.gif
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Have you tried asking your family doctor or GYN?

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Not sure about the cord off of the top of my head but labial tears are common. I've gotten them w/ all 4 of my births, never any near my bottom. There is such a wide variety of what looks acceptable down there after a birth that pretty much everything excepting fistulas & other plumbing issues can be considered normal.

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I'm not getting your meaning here, if you're not yet healed & functions are impeded in some way then I would see a specialist.


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1. Some bleeding is pretty common at around the point of full dilation. It probably comes from tiny tears in the cervix as it stretches over the baby's head. The cervix is very vascular so it doesn't take much to get obvious bleeding. If yours seemed thick and dark it may have been mixed with some remnants of the mucous plug.

2. Not sure about the cord. I have seen some unusually thick and thin ones so it may just be a normal variation. Did it have three vessels? Another possibility is that there was a single umbilical artery.

3. Sounds like a blood clot attached to the labial tear. A haematoma is a collection of blood inside the body so your husband would not have been able to remove one without causing considerable damage and pain. Removing the clot was probably a good thing as they provide a breeding ground for bacteria. As they also stop further bleeding you do need to be ready to apply pressure but, in general, removing large clots from wounds is a good idea :-)

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We did our own prenatal care, and I don't have an established relationship with a GYN. We had moved so the doctors from my hometown weren't around to ask.
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Not sure about the cord off of the top of my head but labial tears are common. I've gotten them w/ all 4 of my births, never any near my bottom. There is such a wide variety of what looks acceptable down there after a birth that pretty much everything excepting fistulas & other plumbing issues can be considered normal.
I'm not getting your meaning here, if you're not yet healed & functions are impeded in some way then I would see a specialist.

Oh ok, I've heard more about perineum tears so I didn't realize how common labial tears were. I'm pretty sure that I could have avoided it if I hadn't pushed her out so fast. With your births do you think the babies' shoulders caught you?
I just meant that at the time that whole area was so swollen from the birth and the tear that we were somewhat dubious it could be possible for everything to be normal again, lol. It has fortunately gone back to what it was before(basically).
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1. Some bleeding is pretty common at around the point of full dilation. It probably comes from tiny tears in the cervix as it stretches over the baby's head. The cervix is very vascular so it doesn't take much to get obvious bleeding. If yours seemed thick and dark it may have been mixed with some remnants of the mucous plug.

2. Not sure about the cord. I have seen some unusually thick and thin ones so it may just be a normal variation. Did it have three vessels? Another possibility is that there was a single umbilical artery.

3. Sounds like a blood clot attached to the labial tear. A haematoma is a collection of blood inside the body so your husband would not have been able to remove one without causing considerable damage and pain. Removing the clot was probably a good thing as they provide a breeding ground for bacteria. As they also stop further bleeding you do need to be ready to apply pressure but, in general, removing large clots from wounds is a good idea :-)

1. That's really interesting. I never did notice but a tiny bit of mucous plug so maybe it was mixed in.

2. It looked like pictures I've seen except it was thin so I guess it didn't have three vessels. I've not heard of them having more than one vessel before. How common is that?

3. I think you are right. It looked like the clots I had been passing from after the birth. That makes a lot more sense than a hematoma.

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1. Some bleeding is pretty common at around the point of full dilation. It probably comes from tiny tears in the cervix as it stretches over the baby's head. The cervix is very vascular so it doesn't take much to get obvious bleeding. If yours seemed thick and dark it may have been mixed with some remnants of the mucous plug.

2. Not sure about the cord. I have seen some unusually thick and thin ones so it may just be a normal variation. Did it have three vessels? Another possibility is that there was a single umbilical artery.

3. Sounds like a blood clot attached to the labial tear. A haematoma is a collection of blood inside the body so your husband would not have been able to remove one without causing considerable damage and pain. Removing the clot was probably a good thing as they provide a breeding ground for bacteria. As they also stop further bleeding you do need to be ready to apply pressure but, in general, removing large clots from wounds is a good idea :-)

1. That's really interesting. I never did notice but a tiny bit of mucous plug so maybe it was mixed in.

2. It looked like pictures I've seen except it was thin so I guess it didn't have three vessels. I've not heard of them having more than one vessel before. How common is that?

3. I think you are right. It looked like the clots I had been passing from after the birth. That makes a lot more sense than a hematoma.

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The umbilical cord normally has three vessels; two arteries and one vein. In some cases one artery is missing. For some babies this can be associated with health problems. For others it seems to be a variation of normal. The only way to tell if there is a single artery is by ultrasound or by examining the cut end of the cord after the baby is born.

It doesn't sound like your baby has had any health problems so, whatever the cause, it was probably a normal variation.

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Well I just learned something new smile.gif . Yeah my baby girl is doing super and has since day 1 joy.gif . I guess my biggest confusion was why it didn't seem to be pulsing. Maybe it had already done most of it right before she was born?? She was the prettiest pink right from the start; not a tinge of gray/blue. Thank you to everyone who has replied!!!
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I guess if there was only one artery the pulsation may have been less obvious. How soon after she was born did you notice it wasn't pulsating? Did you just look at it or was their no pulse to feel either? Was the room cold? Both cold and handling will cause the vessels to spasm and stop pulsing. Other than that, I don't know I'm afraid.

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I guess if there was only one artery the pulsation may have been less obvious. How soon after she was born did you notice it wasn't pulsating? Did you just look at it or was their no pulse to feel either? Was the room cold? Both cold and handling will cause the vessels to spasm and stop pulsing. Other than that, I don't know I'm afraid.


Maybe I just didn't know what to expect? I do know that when we cut it we had to tie it because it did bleed some. We didn't notice a pulse when we cut it but that wasn't right away. I think we felt the cord pretty soon after she was born and didn't notice one then, but maybe it just wasn't as strong as we thought it would be? It wasn't super warm upstairs where I gave birth. Oh well, all's well that ends well in this case smile.gif . Thanks for taking the time to reply though.
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My friend has a unplanned UC 6 months ago and her baby was born with a thick but pale and limp non pulsating cord. He cried pretty fast also.

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