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Question for existing mums about the actual birth (may be TMI for some)

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HPonEverything Wed 07-Sep-11 15:37:39

This might sound like a silly question but is there a lot of blood during the actual birth? I'm not scared of blood, but I'd just like to know that the amount of blood is normal otherwise I'll get really anxious that there is something badly wrong.

I just wondered how it compares on the scale between having a period and having a limb cut off (not that I've ever had the latter done either). Also what's the consistency like, is it like a period?

Sorry if this post is TMI for anyone.

tabulahrasa Wed 07-Sep-11 15:41:23

Um, I don't

there can't have been that much or I'd have noticed surely? I mean I've had two and I was there when my nephew was born as well.

<feels really thick now>

Byeckerslike Wed 07-Sep-11 15:42:07

You wont notice really, with my first ds the changeover midwife came in and said 'flippin heck its a mess in here' because of all the blood, i hadnt even noticed!
The midwifes tend to whip the mess away so you wont be sat/stood in a pool of blood

Byeckerslike Wed 07-Sep-11 15:42:46

Sorry hit send too soon, meant to say good luck smile

AngryFeet Wed 07-Sep-11 15:44:30

Apparently there is only 100ml of blood. I saw none during both of my births so as long as you don't ask for a mirror to look you should be fine grin

Tigresswoods Wed 07-Sep-11 15:46:57

Hmm didn't notice blush

tabulahrasa Wed 07-Sep-11 15:49:19

They change whatever's underneath you fairly often and are pretty discreet about it - I suppose with what might be on it it's better that way, lol

but you think I might have noticed when I wasn't the one giving birth hmm rofl

nickelbabe Wed 07-Sep-11 15:50:38

I want to know how much blood there is afterwards - maternity pads being so much bigger than normal pads - how long does it go on for?

TimothyClaypoleLover Wed 07-Sep-11 15:52:38

I didn't really notice but DH said there was a lot of blood when placenta came out - it splattered up the wall!

Bleeding afterwards is far worse. Mine went on for about 6 weeks. The first 48 hours after birth I felt like I was bleeding non stop. It was gross.

nickelbabe Wed 07-Sep-11 15:54:57

<wishes she hadn't asked.

nickelbabe Wed 07-Sep-11 15:55:05


HPonEverything Wed 07-Sep-11 15:55:37

Thanks all. I think what I find weird is that if there's not actually that much during the birth, why does it all start coming along afterwards? Why doesn't it all (or majority of it) fall out during the birth? Where is it hiding?!

tabulahrasa Wed 07-Sep-11 15:55:38

I know that one nickelbabe

It's massively heavy straight afterwards, much much heavier than the heaviest of periods, but only for the first few days then it calms down -though it can become heavier again if you start trying to do too much. Once it's slowed down it kind of carries on doing that for varying amounts of time, one of mine was 6 weeks, one more like 2

SenoritaViva Wed 07-Sep-11 15:57:36

nickelbabe - the bleeding is worse afterwards. I ended up with an Emergency C-Section and I have a feeling that reduced it somewhat (disclaimer this is based on no medical knowledge just a hunch!), or perhaps I was just 'lucky'. Nevertheless it is worse, I think mine went on for 2 weeks.

tabulahrasa Wed 07-Sep-11 15:57:39

Well I suppose until you actually give birth - you're um, sealed? Rofl, I can't really think if a better way of putting it - so before that it's just in your body doing what blood does

MrsTittleMouse Wed 07-Sep-11 15:58:36

Maternity pads are bigger partly to give you a bit of cushioning - even after a straightforward birth it's normal to be a bit battered and bruised. I bled quite a lot afterwards, more than a period, but I've found out since that it was partly because I wasn't resting enough.

Moral of the story - make sure that you get plenty of rest and don't listen to well meaning friends and relatives who are impressed that you are up and about so quickly! Go back to bed!


BobbieSox Wed 07-Sep-11 16:01:03

Just to warn you there can be a lot of blood and that's not necessarily a problem!

I dilated quite fast and that can cause bleeding - I felt the midwife dabbing at my leg and tried to get her to stop faffing, turns out it was because I was bleeding everywhere. Think it was more clots than running blood ( sorry if TMI!) but I wasn't paying loads of attention...quite big ones if I remember rightly. According to my notes it was 500ml worth all in all.

This isn't all that common though from what I've heard from other mums - just to say it isn't necessarily anything to worry about if you do bleed, the midwife will know if there's a problem.

Hopefully it won't happen to you but I wish someone had warned me!

Good luck with your birth smile

MrsTittleMouse Wed 07-Sep-11 16:01:25

I was told by the midwife that the place where the placenta was attached is basically a wound (which makes sense). So if you run up and down stairs constantly to get away from breastfeeding in front of visitors, or spend ages cooking (or all the other stuff that I ended up doing), you increase your blood pressure and make it harder for the wound to heal properly.

Tempingmaniac Wed 07-Sep-11 16:07:09

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AWimbaWay Wed 07-Sep-11 16:09:49

I don't know either and have had 3 dcs, so figure it can't be that much?

I did bleed ALOT afterwards though, for 3 months, but I think that is quite long compared to most people. Don't take normal sanitary towels, they really won't be enough, you need those hideous humongous maternity pads, and lots of them!

Witchofthenorth Wed 07-Sep-11 16:09:55

To be honest, you won't really be payin that much attention....I lost about 500/700 mls of blood after each birth (3) as soon as babies were born. Afterwards it was like a very heavy period for about the first week, then tailed off to what it would be like near the end of your period. This lasted for about 4weeks.....if you start to bleed heavily a few days after the birth or it doesn't slow down then you ar probably overdoing it and get your self laid back down on that sofa! I always knew that my body was telling me to slow cos I would gush!

Hope that helps smile

LoveInAColdClimate Wed 07-Sep-11 16:10:10

Isn't most of the blood (tears/cuts aside) from where the placenta detaches from the uterine wall, hence it not coming out until the placenta's out? Could be wrong, though!

hildathebuilder Wed 07-Sep-11 16:10:30

I saw lots and lots of blood. But then I haemorraged which led to labour... we reckoned it was about 200-300 ml before birth and then a fair bit at birth probably another similar amount which went everywhere. And then almost nothing after. It had all gone by then. In my case the postnatal loss was like a light period for about 10 days then nothing

AWimbaWay Wed 07-Sep-11 16:11:36

x-posted with Tempingmaniac, as you can see everyone is different.

Good luck with the birth btw smile.

Honeydragon Wed 07-Sep-11 16:15:31

erm.... to be contrary, afterward I didn't bleed that badly. Certainly didn't need maternity pads. Used normal Always ones and with dd switched to my Mooncup after about 4 days.

<disclaimer: I have been told by others this makes me a bit odd>

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