When you haemorrhage (bleed very heavily), this is an emergency situation. As a result of this bleeding, you can become severely anaemic. Without a transfusion to replace the blood you have lost, you could die. A haemorrhage can happen:
- early in pregnancy if you have an ectopic pregnancy (when the pregnancy is growing outside the uterus) or a miscarriage
- after 24 weeks of pregnancy (antepartum haemorrhage)
- during birth (intrapartum haemorrhage)
- immediately after birth (postpartum haemorrhage).
Even with excellent care in pregnancy and monitoring during labour, it is not possible to predict or detect every complication in time to prevent a life-threatening bleed. Surgical techniques and medication will be used to try to limit the need for a blood transfusion but a blood transfusion might be needed to save your life or to prevent serious harm to your health and your baby’s health.
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