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:
- Uterine rupture
- Uterine inversion
- Too much movement and stress
- Retained placentas
- Uterine atony
- Have birthed several children before
Ultimately, you may not have to worry unless you have any of the above or if you’ve done strenuous activities right after the weeks following delivery. If you do not have yellow discharge after birth, you might need to be concerned, especially if bleeding persists.
You should seek medical help immediately if you may be worried. The earliest action can be extremely helpful in cases like this.