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    Seems like I can't catch a break. After a wonderful, smooth pregnancy, my recovery has been kind of sucky: a pretty bad bout of the blues (which seems to be getting better now, thank goodness), my first ever bout of mastitis, and now postpartum bleeding issues.

    I am almost 4 weeks out from Scarlett's birth now, and earlier this week it seemed like my bleeding was petering out (it hadn't stopped, but seemed like it was getting lighter). Then suddenly yesterday I started bleeding heavily again - dark red (fresh, not old) blood, like a heavy period. I was annoyed, but didn't think too much about it until last evening, we took the kiddos and went out to a local concert in the park (where I just sat with the baby), and I could feel the blood running out of me. I knew that when I got up, I was going to have a mess on my hands, and sure enough, when we got home, I went into the bathroom and I had soaked through my maxi pad and through my clothes, and while I was on the toilet, I passed a pingpong ball sized blood clot. Now I was kind of freaked out. I called my midwife and she isn't all that concerned. She thinks I'm probably just overdoing it. Well, I can tell you that yesterday I mostly just sat around at a friend's pool while the kids swam. Aside from yesterday, I don't really think I'm unreasonably exerting myself. Yes, I do have a lot of kids to take care of, but I'm not running marathons or moving heavy furniture or anything - just usual activity. So why the heck am I bleeding so heavily again this far out from the birth? This morning, it's continuing - I'm soaking through a pad every couple hours. Usually I bleed for 4 - 5 weeks postpartum, but the last couple weeks are very light - nothing like this. And yes, I have always gotten my periods back within 6 - 7 weeks postpartum (even with nursing on demand around the clock) but I can't imagine this could be a period when I never even stopped PP bleeding - so my body never had a chance yet to build up a lining to shed with a period.

    I'm stumped. And concerned. And frustrated. I don't want to overreact, but wondering if anyone can shed some light on this??
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    Just a couple ideas:

    - Take a break if you can for a couple days – I know that’s hard with 7 kids around!
    - Perhaps you retained a small piece of you placenta and your body is expelling it?
    - Are you having enough vitamin K? This helps with clotting, and can sometimes be a little low. Things like kale, broccoli and spinach are really good for that (and gouda cheese). These are very short lived generally and need to be eaten at high levels on a daily basis, and it wouldn’t hurt if you ate them anyway!
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    Ugh, sorry! That happened to me with my first. The bleeding slowed down at 4 weeks, and suddenly started up again full force. It was the worst...just when I was feeling better. Eventually got sent for an u/s and it turns out there was a tiny piece of placenta retained in my uterus. In my case, they agreed to give me another week to see if my body would be successful at getting it out on its own and then would schedule a D&C. My body managed to get it out and I was fine. If you want it over with, ask your MW about getting checked out and getting a D&C if there is something left. If you would rather wait and see if it clears up, putting ice on my belly over my uterus helped me. And just watch out for signs of infection, if it gets painful or if you notice a bad smell.
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    My midwife says, "Blood means bed," as in, bleeding is your body's way of telling you that you need to rest more. Even sitting around the pool might be "too tiring" if you get too much sun or not drink enough water. And taking the kids to an evening concert might be too much in one day if you didn't get a nap. I'm not going to suspect retained placenta since you had a homebirth midwife and they tend to be much better about inspecting the placenta than hospital staff, and since you didn't mention cramping. I'd suggest climbing into bed with Scarlett for a day or two and see if that helps, but I know you probably won't do that. Maybe at least try to lie down once or twice for an hour? When I really need a nap, which I sometimes do even though I'm not pregnant, and I'm nearly three years post-partum, I find it's easier to declare a family rest time, everyone in bed with a book & don't get out until I do. Maybe you could let Kevin & Joey off the hook if they get out of the house to a friend's place, or tell them to go to their room like everyone else but they can play computer games in there.
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    Stacey, it sounds like your midwife and my midwife know each other Seriously, though, I don't think people realize how difficult (impossible) it is to get the kind of rest I probably need with this many kids. Somebody always needs something from me, and lately , if the baby isn't screaming, then Finn is - often they're screaming at the same time There is very little down time. That said, I really am trying to take it as easy as I can.

    The bleeding has not let up at all, and in fact has probably gotten worse. Yesterday I was soaking through a pad about every two hours. Today, it's about every hour. My midwife came over this morning and did a vag exam just to see what she could feel, and she said my uterus seems to be shrunk back to normal size and my cervix is completely closed, so the bleeding is kind of a mystery. She gave me some Methergen pills to take, so we shall see. I really don't know how long to let this go on for before I seek medical help
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    Soaking a pad in an hour, especially for more than a couple of hours, IMHO warrants a call to the doctor. A quick ultrasound should answer a lot of questions, like if your uterus has contracted normally or if there's retained placenta. It's very rare but the uterus can also prolapse on itself which I imagine could increase bleeding. Hoping the methergine worked for you.
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    After a weekend of bed rest and a few days of methergen, the bleeding seems to have mostly stopped. Phew.
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    That's good to hear! I'm glad you were able to get some rest!

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