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Postpartum Hemorrhage

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is postpartum hemorrhage (PPH)?

PPH is the loss of large amounts of blood after delivery. Most common is early PPH. It happens within 24 hours of delivery. The risk for PPH is greatest within the first hour after delivery. Delayed or late PPH happens 25 hours to 6 weeks after delivery. PPH can be life-threatening no matter when it happens.

What are the causes of early PPH?

What are the signs and symptoms of PPH?

How is PPH diagnosed and treated?

Your healthcare provider will diagnose PPH by your symptoms. He or she will also do a pelvic exam. You may also need to have an ultrasound to check your uterus. Treatment may include any of the following:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I call my doctor?

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