Postpartum hemorrhage after delivery occurs when there is a loss of more than 500 ml of blood after a vaginal delivery or 1000 ml of blood following a C-section. If the heavy bleeding is not controlled it can lead to shock, loss of ability to have future pregnancies, permanent brain damage or maternal death.
Symptoms of postpartum hemorrhage may include:
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- A drop in blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
If bleeding is due to hematoma, a collection of blood outside a blood vessel, swelling and pain in the vaginal or perineal area may occur as well.