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Postpartum hemorrhage

Postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) is when a woman has heavy bleeding after giving birth. Know the signs and symptoms so you can seek immediate medical care.

KEY POINTS

  • Postpartum hemorrhage (also called PPH) is a serious but rare condition when a woman has heavy bleeding after giving birth.
  • If you think you’re having PPH, call your health care provider or 911 immediately.
  • You may have PPH if you have heavy bleeding from the vagina that doesn’t slow or stop, blurred vision or chills, or if you feel weak or like you’re going to faint.
  • You’re more likely to have PPH if you’ve had it in the past or if you have certain medical conditions, especially conditions that affect the uterus (womb) or the placenta or conditions that affect how your blood clots.

Source: Postpartum hemorrhage