Pregnancy and childbirth is a happy, yet in some ways, complicated time. As much as you take care of yourself and the baby within, there are certain complications that may arise.
One such pregnancy related complication is uterine inversion.
Uterine inversion is a rare medical complication of childbirth that occurs in 1 out of 3000 cases in the world. However, if you plan to give birth shortly and the due date is expected anytime near, it is useful to understand what this complication is, so that you are informed in advance.
What Is Uterine Inversion?
Uterine inversion is a condition in which your uterus turns inside out on its own or due to other reasons after you have delivered.
When the inversion happens, the top portion of the uterus, also called as fundus, drops itself into the cervix region, sometimes even coming out of the vagina.
What Causes Uterine Inversion?
Normally after childbirth, the placenta that has been hoarding and nourishing your baby also gets delivered out along with the newborn. Here are few causes of uterine inversion:
- Sometimes the placenta may not get delivered on its own. This may become a serious issue.
- Your doctor will then perform a manual expelling of placenta by reaching out through the vagina and peeling off the placental tissue from your uterus.
- In normal cases, your doctor will ask you to gently push to prompt the expelling process.
- Uterine inversion is possible in cases where the placenta does not expel on its own.
- Sometimes, the inversion happens on its own without any prior explanation.
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Effects Of Uterine Inversion:
A uterine inversion can lead to some life threatening conditions if not addressed immediately. They include:
- Unstoppable bleeding
More often than not, your medical team will immediately jump into action in case this emergency arises.
Treatment Of Uterine Inversion:
Highly trained medical professionals will apply few workable measures to address the issue, in case of uterine inversion treatment:
- Your doctor will try to push the fundus back through your cervix in an attempt to re-position your uterus once again.
- Once the uterus has been brought back into its normal position, you will be immediately put on an IV and will be given some pain medication to relax.
- A continuous IV infusion of oxytocin hormone will be given to make your uterus firm and stay put in its natural place.
- Oxytocin is also given to control the bleeding after the process.
- After your doctor is sure that the uterus is firm, she will apply pressure on the area with one arm inside the vagina and the other on your belly to further compress the uterus and reduce blood loss.
- Most likely, you will be held in a detailed observation under monitoring till the situation stabilizes.
- Frequent blood transfusions and antibiotics will be given to prevent any kind of infection.
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Things To Do Post Treatment:
Once you are home after the hospital discharge, make sure you get plenty of rest. You will tend to feel weak and lightheaded as you have just battled an unforeseen complication. Resting will help your body heal faster.
The other things to keep in mind are:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Eat a healthy balanced and nutritious diet.
- Follow all the instructions given by your doctor.
[ Read: Home Birth ]
Important To Remember:
Once you had a history of uterine inversion during childbirth, it is likely that you may suffer an inversion again in your next pregnancy. Make sure to inform your doctor or midwife about this complication so that they are ready with the backup in case of an emergency.
Talk to your doctor and address any concerns that you may have post the complication. This is a rare case of medical emergency during childbirth. Your healthcare provider should also be able to give you some more insights into the issue, in case you need to know more.
Make sure you get plenty of rest before the due date and after the delivery. We wish you all the very best.
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