Every woman bleeds after giving birth.
Usually it lasts for 4-6 weeks after delivery.
For the first few days postpartum, you will experience a heavy flow with bright red blood and blood clots.
After that, lochia flow slows and should become lighter with blood that is pinkish-brown.
Is it normal for postpartum bleeding to stop and start again?
Vaginal postpartum bleeding, or lochia, is the heavy flow of blood and mucus that starts after delivery and continues for up to 10 days. Light bleeding and spotting after pregnancy can continue for up to four to six weeks after delivery (though it varies from person to person and pregnancy to pregnancy).
Is it normal to bleed 6 weeks postpartum?
A: For most women, the bleeding that happens after a delivery (whether it is a vaginal delivery or a C-section) lasts no more than 6 weeks on average. Some women only bleed for 4 weeks, and some can bleed for up to 8 weeks. Another reason for bleeding longer than 6 weeks is choriocarcinoma.
How do you know if its your period or postpartum bleeding?
Lochia isn’t usually bright red in color beyond the first week postpartum. It’s usually lighter and can be watery or white in appearance. Bright red bleeding that occurs six or more weeks after delivery is more likely to be your period. Pregnancy-related bleeding can increase with increased exertion or activity.
Is it normal to smell postpartum bleeding?
However, breastfeeding will not cause a significant change in the normal progression of postpartum lochia. Sniff out signs of infection. During all three stages of lochia, your bleeding should have an odor similar to that of a normal menstrual flow. If you notice an offensive or unusual smell, see your doctor.
What are the 4 most common causes of postpartum hemorrhage?
Causes. Causes of postpartum hemorrhage are uterine atony, trauma, retained placenta or placental abnormalities, and coagulopathy, commonly referred to as the “four Ts”: Tone: uterine atony is the inability of the uterus to contract and may lead to continuous bleeding.
Does Lochia smell bad?
The lochia is sterile for the first 2-3 days but then becomes colonised by bacteria giving off a typical lochial smell which is normal and should not be confused with the bad odor from lochia in postpartum infection.
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