After pregnancy, you’ll have a flow of blood. It seems like a heavy period, but it’s not. Instead, it’s actually one way that your body recovers frompregnancy.What is the Bleeding?
When you were pregnant, your uterus was lined with blood and tissue. That lining is called “lochia.” Now that you’ve had your baby, your body will shed thelochia, much like you shed blood in your menstrual cycle.What if I Had a C-Section?
No matter how your baby was delivered, the lochia will shed. So if you had a vaginal delivery or a C-section, you will experience some bleeding.What Should I Expect?
Postnatal bleeding lasts a different amount of time for each women in each pregnancy. What you can expect is that the color of the lochia flow changes overtime. It's red for the first three to four days, then it turns into a pink-brown flow. The amount of lochia flow usually trails off with time, gettinglighter around three weeks after delivery.
If you pass large clots, tell your doctor, as this may be a sign of a possible issue. Also, keep the sanitary pad containing the clot because your doctormay want to examine it.
Try Always Maxi Extra Heavy Overnight Pads to catch the flow and help stay feeling fresh.
- The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Patient Brochure 005: You and Your Baby