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in pieces? Ok on the 19th at 2:25 am we had a little girl. Well not little she weighed 9lbs 5ozs, 20inches long. It was just hubby and I for the birth.<br>
my contractions started a little after 4pm on the 18th and were not steady and productive til about 8pm. my water broke at 1:45 am and she was born 40mins later. When my placenta came out we both thought it was kinda small, and the edges were not completely rounded all the way around. But neither one of us said anything about it. about 1.5 hours later while laying in bed nursing i started to feel very uncomfortable and alot of pressure down there. So i tried to move around into a more comfortable position and as soon as i did i could feel big pieces coming out. So i got up and it was like someone poured a can of veg. soup out of me. Alot of stuff just fell to the floor. So i got all cleaned up and back into bed and started to nurse again. just a matter of a short time later i felt the same way again. this time i made it to the toilet and a small amount of the same thing happened again. i am sure most of it was clotting at that point but not the first time. my bleeding is not bad at all now and i feel ok. but i am wondering why it happened in the first place.also there was a knot in her cord.<br>
any input on this would be greatly appreciated. also how do i know 100% all of the placenta came out?<br>
Barbara
 

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I don't know, but I wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS!!! and welcome to your baby girl <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 have no idea either but wanted to say............................<br><span style="font-size:large;">CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</span><br><br>
Welcome precious baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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no idea either...OUr daughter arrived on the 1st of March and I birthed like a third of the placental membranes in fairly good sized chunks at the same time as her. No chunks after the placenta came out.. so kind of the opposite as you. I have no idea if everything is out but I assume so as I stopped bleeding a week ago or so and everything smells normal/okay.. no funky or bad smell.. no fever, etc.. so I assume it's all out or that my body has taken care of it somehow. maybe it happens more often with big babies? our daughter was over 10 lbs. So, just keep an eye on yourself and smells /how you feel/ fever or not, etc... as long as it is normal, your body is probably doing what it needs to take care of it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I think the knot is just something she did for fun while in there.. probably not anything to do with the placenta coming in pieces. Just my thoughts though... maybe your intuition has other thoughts about it or maybe eyou can ask your daughter when she is able to tell you herself. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Congrats!! Welcome Earthside, Alivia!
 

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For some reason I am thinking old plasentas are fragile and fall apart <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"><br><br>
Congrats on your dd <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Congratulations mama! Welcome Alivia!<br><br>
Not sure as to why your placenta came out in pieces.
 

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you might post this in the midwives, doulas, childbirth educators forum...<br><br>
congratulations on your new little one!<br><br>
~claudia
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> congrats! My computer just crashed right in the middle of typing a reply to this...<br>
I was trying to say that you will know if you have retained any placenta...this happened to me after a miscarriage and I felt very very unwell, feverish, although I did not have any infection. Luckily, I went into labour, again and avoided a d&c by expelling every thing at home. Anyway, if you ar at all anxious you should be examined and maybe have an u/s.
 

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yeah. I just wanted to congratulate you on your precious girl and echo what the pp said, be extra aware for the next week or so of any even slight signs of infection. Sounds like you did fantastic!! Wat to go, mama!<br><br>
I'll be back later for the "why". if you don't get a better answer by then.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/clap.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="clap"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/champagne.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="champagne"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/birthday.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="birthday">:
 

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Ok I'm racking my brains, bookshelves and even tried googling a few things. I can find no back up on shredded placenta<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Whta I do know, but can find no proof of at the moment, is that I have read about SOMEWHERE that this is more common in smokers/drug users. I doubt if you cared enough to have a UC that you would be a smoker . I just hope I haven't offended you too much.<br><br>
Go back to bed, enjoy a few days of sleeping and nursing and don't let the placenta worry you.
 

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could it have been bits of membrane? you know the bag instead of the placenta. sometimes the trailing membranes will shred up and come out in bits-- as the placenta delivers you can twist it around a bit which will help to keep together and less likely to shred.<br><br>
pulling on the cord can cause a placenta to come out in pieces-<br><br>
we use to say aging placenta- but now we know it isn't really age but maybe how much oxidative stress the placenta has undergone-- exposure to smoke is one way infection another, or who knows diet, environmental exposures-- maybe even having to do with when and where implantation was-possibly a late fertilization with sperm a little tired or implanted over scar tissue, a fibroid...<br><br>
probably everything is out now- drink some raspberry tea, eat cooked and raw greens-<br>
congrats
 

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Congratulations on your girl!<br><br>
My placenta came out in two pieces with ds. He was 10lbs 8oz and 24 inches.<br><br>
I was never given a specific reason, but I know my water didn't break, and he was born "in the caul". Like your dd, most of his placenta came out after he did, but about an hour later a jello square sized lump came out on the bathroom floor.<br><br>
The mw said it was the rest of the placenta, and she had been waiting for it.<br><br>
I had been bleeding, a lot, so it was a relief that it did come, because the bleeding slowed and I started feeling like I was going to make it. I had been dizzy, really exhausted, and in some pain.
 

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Sometimes placentas have several lobes. Since yours came out in peices, I would be slightly worried that there was some still in there. That would cause problems. It would also inhibit your milk from coming in, so if you notice that or anything else weird it might be wise to get it checked out.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: Retained placenta affects milk supply, so if your milk comes in fine in the next day or two I think you can be pretty sure all the placenta came out.
 

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I'm clueless as to what goes on with your placenta, just wanted to add my<br><br><span style="font-family:Georgia;"><span style="font-size:x-large;">CONGRATULATIONS!!!!<span style="font-size:small;">to the rest. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> How happy for you all!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br>
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it happens sometimes. Could be nutrition, or just one of those things. If your milk is coming in fine, you most likely got it all out. You know the uterus is a self-cleaning organ, I'm sure you've never had a problem needing a D&C for your period, right? Make sure you drink lots of fluids, purple grape juice is great. Liquid chlorophyll builds up your blood and gives you more oxygen in your blood, it mimics hemoglobin until you build your Hg back up. I've used herbs like angelica, lobelia and shepherd's purse in the past to make sure that my uterus was cleaned out and bleeding was under control-- but you will want to make sure you understand the herbs completely before you use them. Susun Weed's book Herbal for the Childbearing Year is a great resource.<br><br>
Congrats on your birth!
 

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Just wanted to add my CONGRATULATIONS!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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With my first, the placenta was missing a piece, about 6 hours later, I sneezed and it came out. Don't know why it was split, but it was. Didn't have any problems after that although I did bleed alot during and after the delivery. Maybe that's why. hmmm...<br>
I also had a miscarriage a long time ago at 4 months and it all came out in pieces, there were no recognizable parts. It took a good week to get it all out but our bodies have an amzing way of cleansing itself.<br>
Keep an eye out for fever, unusual cramping and smells. Drink your raspberry leaf tea and take some black and blue cohosh. I'm sure you'll do fine.<br><br>
Way to go and congratulations. Welcome to the world baby!!!
 

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Congratulations!!!<br><br><br>
There are some great suggestions here. My membranes came out over a few days--even the size of a grapefruit. I felt okay, it just was a little, well, icky lookin' in the toilet. But if you're uterus is back down to (I think it's) fist-sized then you might be all clear and emptied. I wish you all the luck.<br><br><br>
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I have nothing to add about the placenta, but I just wanted to pop in and say congratulations! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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