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The risk of internal bleeding post c-section delivery

The birth of a child is an exciting time, but it is also a major medical event. The mother can go through significant trauma during the delivery process, and care providers have the responsibility of monitoring for specific signs or issues during and after delivery. This is especially important after a cesarean delivery, a procedure that can come with certain risk factors for an Oregon mother.

After a c-section delivery, a mother faces an elevated risk of internal bleeding, and she may show certain signs of internal damage. While a c-section is a common delivery method, it is still major surgery, and you should receive proper care and vigilant monitoring after the birth. If you notice signs of post-delivery complications or you believe you did not receive appropriate care after your c-section, you could be a victim of negligent medical care.

Signs that something is wrong

Because of the nature of a c-section delivery, it is normal to experience some discomfort after birth. The estimated length of recovery is four to six weeks, but your recovery may be different based on your risk factors, your health at the time of delivery and more. It is important not to overlook certain signs of potential problems, however, as they could indicate more serious issues are happening. Some signs of possible internal bleeding include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Bloated abdomen or stomach that is painful to the touch
  • Bruising on the stomach in areas that are not near the incision
  • Cold or clammy hands or feet
  • Vaginal bleeding that suddenly becomes heavy, or passing large clots
  • Reduced urination
  • Feeling faint

Your doctor should carefully monitor you immediately after the delivery and while you are still in the hospital. After you leave the hospital, you should have follow-up appointments with your care provider in order to monitor you for signs of post-delivery complications. Your doctor should also listen to your concerns, especially if you report troubling symptoms.

Are you a victim of malpractice?

Medical malpractice can happen in many different ways, and if you are a victim, you do not have to suffer alone. It is possible you could have grounds to pursue compensation through a civil claim. Internal bleeding and other complications experienced after a c-section delivery may be a sign that you are a victim of negligent care or the reckless actions of a doctor.