Hi guys, just thought i'd add my 10p worth LOL - i had a retained placenta with baby no.4 and my god it was glued to my insides!!! ended up having to have it removed in surgery and have a spinal block (very frightening - they put it in too high up so i couldnt breath!!) then of course i was in overnight!! NOT going to happen again!!!
Had baby no.5 with absolutely no problems at all - text book! - was very disappointed as they made me go to hospital with him but this time (yes am having no.6!!) i have stuck to my guns and am having a home birth - they have been going on and on about having in hospital but the odds of having another retained placenta are 1-3 appatently so i have said i will take the chance as odds in my favour.
Realistically you cannot do anthing to prevent another retained - its just the luck of the draw as to where it adheares inside your womb.
As i said, i will not be having another spinal block thats a fact!! you can insist that they put you out (which is what i will be doing should it come to that) and then as soon as my brain is working again im outa there!!! pronto! as you can guess i hate hospitals and will not stay in for a second longer than i need to! LOL
I have been fortunate not to have suffered pph after the placenta and i am sure it deffinately isnt hereditary so i guess all we can do is keep our fingers crossed and hope the odds are for us!! good luck to all xxxx
i had a retained placenta but this had not happened to any of my family members so i do not know about the hereditary part, it had definitely put me off having another child even though i want one as after the birth the midwife pulled the cord and the placenta stayed inside so a doctor came and shoved his hand up there and tried yanking the thing out in the end i was took to surgery and had it removed which led to complications and massive blood loss
i too took pregnancycare vitamins but was using cocoa butter on my tummy, but thanks to your guys research i will now try to monitor what i am taking or putting on and see if it helps
this has been wonderful as i have struggled to find information on this for three years i now feel confident enough to try for child number two thank you soo much
I never had retained placenta and took 1 x pregnacare and 1 x 1000mg evening primrose oil and 1 x safflower oil capsule every evening as well as flaxseed capsules x 3 and calcium x 3 throughout the day. I also kept my tummy well oiled with vitamin E and honeyhomeopathic cream - and never got one strech mark except on my boobs after the birth where I never used this as I was breastfeeding and was fearful the honey may be ingested by my little one.
Overall I think this is a lot of Vitamin E so wonder what next time will bring as I fully intend to do the same again. I am a vegetarian and get my EFAs from flaxseed and took the safflower as had heard it helps with labour?!
This is a very small sample to make any changes for I would speak to yopur midwife or doctor Like I said I used it throughout pregnancy and my SIL recommended the cream to me as she used it also with no retained placenta How many other other people used Vit E creams with no ill effects who knows, conversley who knows how many maybe did I amn't discounting these guys claims but don't take it as gospel, speak to a health professional
I will ask at my post natal group about this it isnt something which has come up top be honest
none of us had retained placenta in my NCT or NHS groups and we did a variety of things when it came to expelling the placenta such as letting nature take its course etc. I will see at least how many used vit E creams.
I will definitely use them next time as I am obviously one of the lucky ones it doesn't affect in this way
yes my sister used palmers all the way through and she did not have any problems at all so it is not proven and does not affect us all the same if you are worried though talk to a doctor.
but i did try all the natural ways to expel the placenta nad during surgery the surgen said there was no way my placenta would have come away with out the surgery
About the ongoing Vitamin E debate; I now use pure organic cocoa butter from Neals Yard (no Vitamin E like in Palmers) which is great, doesn't smell too strong but it is the consistency of candlewax at room temp so I have to warm it up or scrape flakes off which melt as soon as you rub them in. Not ideal I know, but as I'm still breastfeeding, I'd much rather have no chemicals on my skin or entering my bloodstream.
Secondly, the midwife pulled the cord with my first baby (retained placenta) and not with the second, so there could be some connection there, but I'm more inclined to think that it just grows that way during your pregnancy. With hindsight I don't think I really pushed as hard as I should have. So I reckon that the motto is: keep on pushin!!
I was looking at all the sterchmark creams today in boots and they all seem to have Vit E in them, even the Bio Oil which a lot of people have recomended to use. Should I be avoiding all these? I'm nearly 12 weeks and I want to use some thing which might help prevent any stetch marks. I looked at lots of different types of cocoa butter too and they ALL have vit E in. It anyone has found some without where are you getting it from?
What an interesting read, I had a retained placenta after the birth of my little boy and ended up in theatre to have it removed and lost over a litre and half of blood. during my pregnancy I also used neals yard mothers butter which sounds similar to what Kate used which has no vitamin e. I am pregnant again and met with the consultant at my 12 week scan and he is going to have some bloods ready and pop in a drip when I get to the hospital rather than waiting until after the birth. He also said that as I am a redhead apparently we are prone to being "bleeders" haha, very reassuring.
Good luck all this time round.
Cathy, Angus and 15+5
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