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*sigh* I have had wierd bleeding after this delivery. And after today, I really think I am going to have to call. I really am not sure I want to contact my OB/Midwife group because I am just sure they are going to blow it off...again.<br><br>
(Quick recap - 3 days pp passed large clot about 3 inches long 1 inch in diamater....then bleeding stopped. About 5 days later, started having occassional gushes of blood (enough initially to fill 2/3 a pad with the gush, then tapering off to just a little), followed by a few minutes of bleeding, then it stopped again. Now, I am almost 4 weeks post partum, have red bleeding with an odor to it that smells like "old meat".)<br><br>
Not even sure if I should call them or just find another provider in the phone book (I could always call the ones who delivered DS1 and probably get back in with them).
 

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HI khaoskat,<br>
I am a Doula...and I first should ask if you are overdoing it? INcreased bleeding postpartum is often a strong indication that we are doing too much. It is a warning signal to slow down. I know this is difficult to do when you have another small child, but they also need their Mama to be healthy right? If there is any way to get more rest, I would strongly recommend it. And secondly, I would encourage you to call you Care Provider to rule out infection. Do you have any anti-bleed tincture you could take? Perhaps high dosing on Vit C might also ward off infection. But if you are experiencing that much blood that is poor smelling, I dont think you should ignore it Mama. Just want you to take care of yourself, so you can take care of your little ones. Keep us posted on how you're feeling...<br>
Take good care...Jen
 

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The other thought that occured to me this morning, is I wonder if this is my monthly cycle bleeding. It would normally taper off after a few minutes. As in I would bleed for about 10-15 minutes, then that would be it. But I have had a steady light flow (nothing heavy) since it started last night, and odor is decreasing as well.<br><br>
I am still going to call, but I am almost positive that they are going to say menstral cycle bleeding.<br><br>
(Sorry, this is all new to me. DS1, I nursed him for 40 months, and got AF back at 9 1/2 months; got prego at 11 months and then miscarried at 9 1/2 weeks - bleed for 1 week, then AF returned 29 days after my bleeding started for the miscarriage; then got prego with DS2 immediately and am still nursing him, but got AF back at 5 1/2 months. So, this return to cycles/fertility after giving birth - like a formula feeding person would get - is all new to me. And yes, I am still nursing DS2 about 4 times a day and pumping and donating the milk.)<br><br>
I am getting ready to call. I am calling their other office, because I don't have to go through a ton of people to get the nurse, just the phone system.<br><br>
Melissa S.
 

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Update - Just got a hold of a nurse...and here is the conversation....<br><br>
"How can I tell if the bleeding I am having is return of cycles or something else?"<br><br>
"You cannot, bleeding on and off during the first 4-6 weeks is normal. Have you made your post partum appointment."<br><br>
"Not yet. I wasn't sure, since this is so different than my other two pregnancies."<br><br>
"How are you doing and the kids?"<br><br>
"Fine, ok, thanks." and I hung up.<br><br>
Basically blown off, like I figured.<br><br>
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Melissa,<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'm sorry for all you're going through. Take a deep breath, though, and look at that conversation with other eyes. You are not giving them all the information that you gave us here, and you don't seem to convey any sense of urgency. I would recommend that you call back, and ask to speak with the CNP, the doctor or midwife, as the case may be. If they are not available, ask for a call back. And, make your pp appointment. You are having an issue that concerns you, it's best that you be seen.<br><br>
While the bleeding might not be of any concern, and might be completely normal. An off, or rotten or bad smell is *not* normal, and you should be evaluated to rule out infection.<br><br>
Remember something that a previous OB of mine told me: your health is most important to <i>you</i>. If you are having any issues, concerns or doubts, call and/or be seen. It is up to you to make sure you get the care you need.<br><br>
Hope you a feeling better very soon.<br><br>
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There really wasn't a chance to discuss anything else. She like immediately changed the topic after giving the answer, before I could say anything else. So, I figured they were blowing me off, like I have felt since I was about 37-39 weeks along and why bother saying anything else to them...they obviously are not concerned or don't care. It was like she didn't want to talk to me, or discuss anything...just answer the question and get her off the phone because I have other stuff to do.<br><br>
I am trying to find the phone number of the OB group that delivered my first son. I am also going to call and find out where the midwifes from the group whose doors the hospital (different one than I have delivered at) closed have went to.<br><br>
I spent more time on hold than talking to the nurse.
 

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Awww, how discouraging. All I wnated to add to what I said previously was that after MOlly was born I had bleeding on and off very similarly...in fact it kept coming back almost every 2 weeks for about 3 mos, and then finally settled into a routine. 3 weeks after her birth, it came back for 7 days very heavily for me...my cycles are usually quite light. It seemed so cruel and unfair at the time....like a constant reminder that I had no baby. I too, usually go about a year until I get my cycle back after a baby. I found this bleeding so infuriating after Molly. So I would say bleeding is common wqhile your body is trying to figure things out...but possible infection for you is my concern. I agree with the above, this is your heaslth...fight for good care for your sake ok?<br>
Taka Care Mama...
 

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Is there any chance that you retained some of the placenta? My dd Reagan died b/c her placenta abrupted and it literally broke in half w/fragments everywhere. I retained pieces and had the bleeding like you're describing. It was gone for 2-3 days and then back and I started passing walnut sized clots which were actually pieces of the placenta. And, they had an odor to them as well.<br><br>
Then, after my loss in April, I retained pieces again and had exactly the same type of bleeding. It would taper off then begin again along w/the placenta pieces. And, I also found I bled more when I was too active (like I had overdone it).<br><br>
I wouldn't be overly concerned unless you are completely soaking more than 1pad in an hour. My mom used that as her general rule of thumb for her pp patients.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s
 

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I think it just freaks me out, because it is so different from my two previous term pregnancies...<br><br>
But, I am begining to think that it is a light or early beginings of AF showing up. The bleeding has not stopped in 24 hours time, but it is real slow (like maybe 1/4 - 1/2 a pad in a 24 hour period of time). But it is the bright/deep red of fresh blood, not the slowed down flow you should be getting (ie pink or brown or yellow or white).<br><br>
Also, for me this is new....I am used to ecological breastfeeding with my previous two full term births. With DS1 AF returned at 9 1/2 months pp; and with DS2 at 5 1/2 months pp.<br><br>
The only previous time I had mysterious bleeding I found out I had a cervical polyp which was causing it...slow new blood for a period of 1-2 weeks a time, then off for two weeks, then bleed for two weeks again.
 
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