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Retained afterbirth?

Well, it has now been more than 24 hours that Fatty-fat has not expelled all of the afterbirth. I’ve tried massaging her belly to get her uterus to shrink down some more. I’ve also hung a wet towel from the cords of the afterbirth itself which has managed to bring some more of it out but not all. I retied it this morning at 4 am (the 24 hour mark) but it still persists.

This much of her afterbirth is still attached to her this morning, 24 hours after giving birth to triplets.

This much of her afterbirth is still attached to her this morning, 24 hours after giving birth to triplets.

I tried gently (EVER SO GENTLY!) tugging on it but it won’t come that easily and I’m scared it will break off inside and I’ll have nothing left to tie the towel to. I’m going to call the vet this morning and see what he or she (depending on whose on call) says. I’m fairly certain the placenta was delivered as there was quite a mass of stuff on the ground with the kids yesterday when I found her that looked like this:

A picture of a goat placenta.

A picture of a goat placenta.

But then what is this still attached to inside her? And, is it worrisome?

On a lighter note, here are some photos of the kids:

Enjoying hanging out with mama and kids.

Enjoying hanging out with mama and kids.

Fatty's little boy.

Fatty's little boy.

I love just being with them. You can see the towel tied to Fatty's afterbirth hanging from her back end.

I love just being with them. You can see the towel tied to Fatty's afterbirth hanging from her back end.

SPECIAL NOTE: I likely need not have tied the towel to the afterbirth. In fact, I was later advised (by one of the top goat specialists in England–thank-you Dreda!!) that this might encourage infection. The towel did help pull at bit of the afterbirth out and then dropped off of its own accord before this advice came in. I didn’t ever retie it on. Instead, I sprayed the cord with Betadine solution from the pharmacy (10% povidone-iodine topical solution, 1% available iodine). The next day the rest of the afterbirth dried right up. She leaked bloody mucus for a few days but is a very contented mum. Upon reflection, I probably need not have worried about her at all, but then that is the confidence gained with experience; something I didn’t have!

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