How Long Do You Bleeding After Giving Birth
When we think it’s all over with childbirth, it follows with the vaginal bleeding. One of the common symptoms of the postpartum is bleeding after giving birth. It’s mostly temporary and normal.
What is bleeding after giving birth?
This symptom is also called Lochia. Postpartum vaginal bleeding is the heavy flow of blood and mucus. It starts after delivery and lasts for up to 10 days. One may experience light bleeding and spotting after pregnancy which may continue for up to four to six weeks after delivery. This usually varies from person and delivery.
What causes bleeding after giving birth?
Bleeding after giving birth happens because the body tries to get all the extra blood and tissue that was required to nourish the baby during pregnancy. It’s a common process.
Bleeding after giving birth — all one needs to know.
Lochia is just like the monthly period — only heavier and (often much) longer-lasting. It also has some components that one cannot experience in basic menstrual period. It includes things like mucus and tissue from the uterus, where the placenta was attached.
How Long Does Bleeding after giving birth take place?
The heaviest of the bleeding will last for about three to 10 days after labor and delivery. After this, the bleeding should change to a lighter spotting after pregnancy. One may find a difference in color that will start happening, from red to pink, then brown, and finally to a yellowish white.
Lochia should stop flowing around four to six weeks after delivery. This can also end sooner or later depending on the woman and the pregnancy.
Advice for bleeding after giving birth:
As this is a natural process, the flow cannot be stopped. However, certain things which help to minimize risk and embarrassment and discomfort.
Use pads to control bleeding after giving birth. Using tampons may cause bacterial infection. It increases the risk of postpartum. Go for pads, even the ones — thick and good in absorbing. Follow this for the first six weeks.
- Stains and spots are common after giving birth. So, be wise and chose the right dress to avoid it stained.
- Don’t strain too much or don’t take too much. Give the body some rest and time to recover.
- Visit a healthcare provider if the flow is high or a strong smell from lochia arises.
When should one call midwife or doctor?
Don’t miss the two important times to get medical advice after the delivery take place:
- If heavy bleeding persists
- If an infection occurs
- Sometimes, bleeding that’s much heavier than normal lochia happens. This is called PostPartum Haemorrhage (PPH).
- PPH can happen within 24 hours of giving birth (primary PPH), or between 24 hours and 12 weeks after the birth (secondary PPH).
- Primary PPH can develop if the placenta doesn’t come away from your womb properly. This occurs when an injury during birth happens or if the womb doesn’t contract down properly after delivering the placenta.
- Secondary PPH is usually caused by an infection.
During PostPartum Hemorrhage, a person can lose 500ml or more of blood very quickly which requires urgent treatment. If bleeding persists after 24 hrs of giving birth, this needs the doctor’s interference immediately. If the person is at home, she has to rush to the nearest hospital.
Warning symptoms of bleeding after giving birth:
- The bleeding increases suddenly making the pad heavy, and it soaks more than one pad an hour.
- The bleeding becomes persistently fresher (bright red) and heavier four days or more after giving birth, even after rest.
- Passing a large number of blood clots that are bigger than a 50p piece.
- Feeling faint or dizzy.
- Heart starts to race, or the heartbeat becomes irregular.
Treatments for Postpartum Hemorrhage:
- Massaging of the womb through your belly to stimulate a contraction some by the doctor.
- Having an injection to help the womb contract.
- Medicines to help stop the bleeding.
- A blood transfusion and fluids through a drip.
- An operation to stop the bleeding, often to remove fragments of the placenta that have not passed out.
Once the right treatment for postpartum hemorrhage gets started, the person should recover fully. But it may take time, good care and rest for one to recover fully.
Don’t miss to call the midwife or doctor if symptoms of infection occur too. The main symptoms include:
- Pain in the lower part of the abdomen (tummy)
- If lochia has an unpleasant smell
- If fever and/or chills persists and generally feeling unwell
- Unexplained headache
While bleeding after giving birth may be common, we suggest not to take it freely. Always have an eye on the flow of blood and prepare yourself by packing the required or even extra pads beforehand. Try not to get infected and maintain rest during this phase.