Bleeding After Childbirth: What’s Normal?
You might be thinking bright red discharge with blood clots might be scary, but it is very normal! All you will generally need with this is hospital-grade pads. But after a few weeks, you may be able to wear regular ones. Just remember the cause of heavier bleeding is movement, so you might want to rest more than recommended.
Lochia is like a period, because the bleeding is generally caused by your uterine lining shedding and restoring itself. It will be 70% blood. But as days pass by, you’ll see lighter, creamier shades as the blood will slowly be replaced with mucus.
When you should be concerned is the moment the bleeding gets too heavy to manage, and the discharge’s scent is incredibly foul. This could indicate an infection. Fevers, dizziness, and irregular heartbeats might also show up, and once you see those – it’s time to consult your doctor.
Possible Causes of Abnormal Discharge
When heavy bleeding occurs, more than the expected and normal amount, it is usually referred to as postpartum hemorrhage. The continued blood loss can happen either through vaginal deliveries or caesarian deliveries. Some of the leading causes of abnormal lochia are: