Bleeding After C-Section
It's important to know that, after a c-section, some bleeding is normal. Serious bleeding will need to be treated by the surgeon. It is possible for bleeding to continue and require another surgery; however, this is generally rare. To prevent excessive bleeding, let the surgeon know if you have a history of abnormal bleeding or placental problems.
Bleeding After a C-Section: An Overview
After your c-section, it is normal to have some bleeding. However, uncontrollable bleeding and/or damage to a major blood vessel are possible complications of this procedure. There are different causes of serious bleeding and different ways to stop it; sometimes, it even stops by itself.
But if it doesn't stop right away, your surgeon may have to spend additional time in the operating room to correct the cause. If bleeding continues or increases after your c-section, another surgery may be required.
After delivery, some women experience postpartum hemorrhage from the uterus, or significant bleeding after childbirth. Postpartum hemorrhage can be caused by several factors, such as placental problems or uterine atony. The treatment option the doctor chooses will depend on the severity of the bleeding.
What Causes It?
Some women develop problems with the placenta during pregnancy that may cause unexpectedly heavy bleeding during a c-section. For example, the placenta sometimes grows into and attaches itself more strongly to the wall of the uterus than is normal during the pregnancy. This can prevent easy separation of the placenta after the baby is delivered and cause it to bleed.
In rare cases, fragments of the placenta can be left behind and can also be a major source of bleeding. Placental problems are more common in women who have had at least one previous cesarean section or have had placental problems in the past.
Postpartum hemorrhage from the uterus can also be caused by uterine atony, which is when the uterus does not contract after the placenta is delivered. These uterine contractions help prevent serious bleeding at the site where the placenta was attached. They do this by squeezing these blood vessels shut.