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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Retained Afterbirth (Overview)

The "afterbirth" is the placenta, membranes, and umbilical cord. After the birth of a baby, the placenta should separate from the uterine wall and deliver. It can take as long as 30 minutes for this to happen. If it doesn't separate and deliver during this time-frame it is considered a retained placenta, or retained afterbirth. Manual or surgical removal is sometimes required.


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What are the symptoms that can arise due a retained afterbirth?

What are the symptoms that can arise due a retained afterbirth?

Vaginal bleeding: Massive vagnal bleeding arising from the partial separation of the retained placenta is the primary symptom. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
18 doctors shared insights

Retained Afterbirth (Overview)

The "afterbirth" is the placenta, membranes, and umbilical cord. After the birth of a baby, the placenta should separate from the uterine wall and deliver. It can take as long as 30 minutes for this to happen. If it doesn't separate and deliver during this time-frame it is considered a retained placenta, or retained afterbirth. Manual or surgical removal is sometimes required.


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What is the definition or description of: Retained afterbirth?

Placenta Undelivered: The "afterbirth" is the placenta, membranes, and umbilical cord. After the birth of a baby, the placenta should separate from the uterine wall and deliver. It can take as long as 30 minutes for this to happen. If it doesn't separate and deliver during this time-frame it is considered a retained placenta, or retained afterbirth. Manual or surgical removal is sometimes required. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms that can arise due a retained afterbirth?

Vaginal bleeding: Massive vagnal bleeding arising from the partial separation of the retained placenta is the primary symptom. ...Read more

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Signs of retained placenta?

Signs of retained placenta?

Bleeding: If your bleeding persists longer than 6 weeks after your delivery, it could be a sign that a small piece of your placenta remained in your uterus after delivery. ...Read more

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What causes retained placenta?

No detachment: After delivery, the placenta is supposed to detach from the wall of the uterus along a specific layer of tissue. Sometimes this tissue layer is partially missing and part of the placenta is tightly adherent to the uterine wall. The placenta is divided into sections called cotyledons. Sometimes one or two cotyledons will be left behind when the rest of the placenta is delivered. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What could be the cause of retained placenta?

Several: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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Is there a gentle way to treat retained placenta?

Is there a gentle way to treat retained placenta?

Probably not: The term "retained placenta" implies that the placenta has failed to detach spontaneously with the usual postpartum measures including uterine massage, IV pitocin, (oxytocin) and gentle umbilical cord traction. At that point manual removal of the placenta is indicated, and while performed carefully may not seem to be gentle. If manual removal is incomplete, surgical removal by curettage is usually next. ...Read more

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Had baby 8 months ago. If i had any retained placenta, would I have had symptoms by now? What are they?

Yes: Being that you are 8months out from your delivery, it is unlikely you have any retained placenta. Heavy, irregular bleeding, clotting & cramping would typically herald retained placental fragments or pieces; although having no periods at all may be related. If you had any delivery issues or complications with the delivery of your placenta, then i would discuss the matter with your delivering ob. ...Read more

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There bleeding symptoms from retained placenta?

Vaginal bleeding: Massive vagnal bleeding arising from the partial separation of the retained placenta is the primary symptom. ...Read more

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Has anyone here treated retained placenta after delivery?

Yes: Probably anyone who has delivered a baby has had a case of retained placenta. ...Read more

Placenta (Definition)

The placenta is an organ that connects the developing fetus to the uterine wall to allow nutrient uptake, waste elimination, and gas exchange via ...Read more