What is a postpartum haemorrhage as Laura Anderson details horrendous birth

Laura Anderson recently welcomed her beautiful baby daughter Bonnie with ex Hollyoaks' Gary Lucy, but the 34-year-old has now admitted just how 'horrendous' the birth was.

The former Love Island contestant told fans about her full birth story where she suffered a vaginal tear and a postpartum haemorrhage that left her feeling "mentally quite torturous".

The traumatic event caused Laura to lose 1.6 litres of blood in the process, but thankfully the star is now at home recovering with her medication.

While she takes the new chapter of motherhood in her stride, Laura gave a detailed account on Instagram.

Laura also revealed she had a second degree tear and needed stitches.

Then, five hours later she had an "awful" haemorrhage, which when she, "stood up [she] lost loads of bloods and clots and felt really, really faint."

Laura explained: "I just stayed calm because I thought I've got everybody around me that needs to be here doing everything they can so I am a bit better in emergencies like that than like smaller things, if I stub my toe it's the end of the world.

"It's weird – it must be the cabin crew in me," she joked. "But that was pretty scary. 1.6 litres of blood I lost."

But what is a postpartum haemorrhage?

According to the NHS post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) is excessive bleeding from the vagina at any time after the baby's birth, up until 6 weeks afterwards.

PPH is a complication that can occur during the third stage of labour after a baby's born.

Causes vary, for example if your womb hasn’t reduced in size or you have a tear.

Blood loss during birth

Losing some blood during childbirth is considered normal. However, heavy bleeding means losing 500 ml (a pint) or more of blood in the first 24 hours after your baby's born.

If you’re bleeding heavily you might feel dizzy and light-headed too.

How to treat postpartum haemorrhage

You’ll need to be treated straightaway to stop the bleeding. This can feel frightening because the staff will be working quickly.

Your midwife or doctor might:

  • massage your womb through your abdomen and sometimes your vagina
  • give you fluids through a drip in your arm

They'll keep a close eye on your:

  • blood pressure
  • pulse
  • respiratory rate
  • other vital signs

You’ll stay on the labour ward until the bleeding's slowed down a lot or stopped. If the bleeding carries on, you may need to have a blood transfusion or an operation.

If you lose a lot of blood, it can make you anaemic afterwards. This can make you feel extremely tired.postpartum haemorrhage

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