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Do all women bleed in labor?

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Dr. Amy Herold
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Yes: There is always some bleeding associated with labor. Usually this occurs when the placenta detaches from the uterus. The blood vessels that communicated from the mothers circulation to the placenta bleed briefly until the uterus contracts down and seals them off. If the uterus is slow to firm up, medications and uterine massage can be used to speed the process along.
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Dr. Michael Engel
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 21 years experience
some bleeding can also occur with episiotomy, if it is performed. this is typically very limited and clinically not significant. Congratulations
Sep 10, 2013
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
No: Some women may bleed with common lacerations that occur, others may have uncomplicated deliveries and not bleed. Blood may be seen naturally that comes from the placenta and the cutting of the cord.
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Last updated Mar 24, 2014

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