How Long Does Postpartum Bleeding Last?
You have postpartum hemorrhage or bleeding after four to five days of pregnancy with dark red blood. The volume of postnatal bleeding remains almost the same as during the menstrual period.
This is also known as lochia. The color gradually fades – turn brown and then yellow gradually. Postpartum hemorrhage can last up to six to seven weeks. You will experience increased discharge in your first menstruation after delivery. This is very common.
Is it normal to bleed after childbirth?
Of course, all women will lose some blood during and after childbirth. You will have a very tough period for a few days after you give birth.
Because the amount of blood in your body increases by about 50 percent during pregnancy, but your body is well prepared for this normal blood loss.
This is what happens: When the placenta is separated from the uterus, there is an open blood vessel in the area where it is attached, and they begin to bleed into the uterus. After the placenta is delivered, the uterus continues to contract. That closes the blood vessels, dramatically reducing the bleeding. You can bleed from the site as well until it is sewn up if you have an episiotomy or a tear at birth.
Your caregiver can massage your uterus to help it contract and give you synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin). Breastfeeding, which encourages your body to release natural oxytocin, also helps your uterine contractions. (That’s why you may feel cramps, or pain afterwards, when you’re breastfeeding.)
Sometimes, the uterus does not contract well after delivery, resulting in excessive blood loss called postpartum hemorrhage.
How can I know if I bleed too much?
If the bright red spots reappear after your lochia is bright, it may be just a sign that you need to slow down. But if you keep looking after a few days, ask your midwife or doctor.
When is the right time to call a doctor?
- Postpartum bleeding increases with increased activity, then rest and try to slow down a bit. But if there is no improvement you need to see a doctor.
- You should have a period of six to ten weeks after delivery if you are not breastfeeding.
- If you do not have a period even after the eleventh week.
- If the disposal is unusually heavy with a drenched bandage within an hour. Also if you observe larger blobs in your debit and you do not see any improvement on the break, this should be the cause of the alarm.
- If you do not breastfeed, you should have a period of six to ten weeks after delivery.
- If you do not have a period even after the eleventh week, you need to see a doctor.
Though you typically cannot avoid bleeding after childbirth entirely, there are some things you can do to minimize the embarrassment and discomfort it might cause.