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Things you need to know

Things you need to know

Postpartum bleeding

Postpartum bleeding

Postpartum bleeding is also known as postpartum hemorrhage. Postpartum bleeding or lochia is the discharge of blood and mucus right after delivery. 

 

Vaginal bleeding after childbirth is a normal part of recovery. It is experienced by almost all women despite the type of delivery – C-section or vaginal birth.

Postpartum bleeding symptoms

Postpartum bleeding symptoms

Postpartum bleeding symptoms are usually heavier than the menstrual cycle. It is also more long lasting than your usual menstrual cycle. Lochia also consists of mucus and tissue from the uterus. This blood is usually dark red coloured. 

How long does postpartum bleeding last?

How long does postpartum bleeding last?

Vaginal bleeding after delivery usually lasts for upto 10 days. After 10 days, the postpartum bleeding begins to subside and changes into a lighter colour or spotting. 

 

However, postpartum bleeding is different in every person.

Management of postpartum bleeding

Management of postpartum bleeding

Postpartum bleeding or lochia is not a difficult phenomena to manage. Here is how you can take care of yourself during lochia: 

FAQs
FAQs

You should seek immediate medical intervention if you experience large clots, extremely heavy flow, foul smell, dizziness and breathlessness, nausea and vomiting. 

Postpartum bleeding should stop within a few days or weeks. 

Yes, breastfeeding helps in subsiding vaginal bleeding after delivery. 

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