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How come the mw or doc always wants to know if you pass any clots no matter how small? Are they dangerous? I had my babe on Saturday & haven't noticed any clots until today, when I wiped, I noticed a really small one - it wasn't quite as big as my pinkie nail. Doesn't seem like a big deal to me....what's with the concern?
 

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Hmm, not sure. My Ob's didn't make a big deal about it. I passed an enormous clot several weeks after my birth and had no problems. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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nak....<br><br>
My midwife was only concerned about clots the size of an egg or if i passed bright red blood... i did pass 1 or 2 clots and did bust a few stiches at 2 weeks ppd but all was ok, relatively speaking.
 

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I thought clots were pretty normal. Someone even warned me that they had clots the size of their fist! I didn't have any THAT big, but I did have some. It wasn't too big of a deal...just a little strange <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I remember being asked about clots but I didn't get the impression it was a bad thing to pass clots- just if you're gushing or passing particularly large clots your mw will want to know. I never passed any large ones but my uterus clamped down really quickly both times and that helped.
 

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Right after birth my dr casually mentioned that I was clotting and asked if I had problems in the past with clotting (while waiting for the placenta). When I expressed surprise and concern, she waved me off and basically ignored me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
The morning after my dc was born - while still in hospital - I got up to pee and as I pulled my panties down a clot the size of my newborns head slapped onto the floor between my feet. When the nurse came in to help me, I said "Oh my god, I hope that's normal!" and she told me my dr would talk about it with me. She never did.<br>
I always just assumed the first clots were from being bed-bound for the last several hours of my dc's birth, and that the huge one was due to the same reason (laying in bed and having the blood pool). After I left the hospital I had only minimal clotting (each the size of or smaller than a quarter).<br>
What IS the significance of having large clots? Is it something I should be worried about in future pregnancies? I always just thought my clots were from laying down too long...
 

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hey guys. i am/was a postpartum nurse. we had our mamas let us know if they passed anything larger than a golf ball. we would check it to make sure it was just blood and didn't look like possibly retained placenta, etc. small, stringy clots weren't worrisome either. even big ones, as long as the uterus was firm weren't either.<br><br>
it is common to have large clots after laying down for awhile. i was stuck in bed for 3 days after my delivery and could only get up to go to the bathroom. i passed some clots that were as bigger than my fist, and a few times several of those came out at a time. pretty freaky even for a nurse! :LOL one time when i vomited, i thought my stitches ripped and it was just a huge clot coming out. gross, sorry.<br><br>
anyway, as long as you don't bleed bright red after and it is just a few times, i wouldn't worry about it. you might just have been laying down too long, giving the blood a chance to pool up and clot.<br><br>
just my personal experience though, not an expert opinion!
 
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