Postpartum (Care or Hemorrhage)
The postpartum period includes the weeks immediately following
delivery. Usually, women are monitored by an obstetrician and nurses
consistently for the first two to three days, after which one or two
follow-up appointments may occur. However, in a very small percentage of
women, postpartum recovery can be complicated by hemorrhaging.
Although it is normal for women to experience some blood loss after
the placenta detaches from the uterine wall, hemorrhaging can occur due
to excessive bleeding. Treatment for most cases of postpartum
hemorrhaging includes administration of IV fluids, iron supplementation
and medications. Only a small number of women experience hemorrhaging
that requires blood transfusion.
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