Incredible is woman’s body as it is capable of creating a magic. Your body is never the same when you are pregnant. It changes and evolves a lot to support the new and budding life inside you. The size of your womb keeps increasing as your baby grows in it. And it reaches its maximum size just before giving the birth where you are full bloom pregnant.
After giving birth, when you feel like to jump, roll, run freely then post-delivery bleeding called “Lochia” acts as a spoiler. It is normal to bleed after delivery as your uterus sheds extra tissues and blood that it gained to help your baby grow. Be it a normal delivery or a C(Caesarean) section, every woman goes through this.
Why Do You Bleed After Delivery?
When you are pregnant you do not get your menstruation for whole 9 months as your body uses that blood and tissues to develop your baby. Uterus being very elastic stretches up to 500times more than its original size during the entire course of your pregnancy. Once the baby comes out from your body, your womb prepares itself to go back to its normal size. And to do so, it has to shed those extra gained tissues and blood. Therefore, you bleed so that your uterus can get back to its normal size and to its original place.
For how long do you bleed?
The bleeding starts just after the delivery and for how long it lasts vary from woman to woman. Some women experience it for a day, another for 36 hours and a few for 6 weeks. Its, perfectly fine if your bleeding lasts till 6weeks.
How much bleeding is normal after birth?
In the beginning, the bleeding is heaviest but with time it becomes light and your blood changes color gradually. Just after delivery, you’ll experience a heavy flow of fresh red blood. The blood that comes out is a mixture of tissues and mucous therefore it’s thick and heavy. Hence, you might end up changing 2 or 3 maternity pads in an hour. Slowly, the flow will reduce and the color of the blood will change from red to brown to dark brown. From changing 2-3 maternity pads in an hour, it will change to 2-3 in a day and then the bleeding will eventually stop. Every day, your midwife will check the size of your uterus. By the time it reaches its original position, you should stop bleeding.
When not to keep quiet?
Always keep a close eye on your discharge as it shouldn’t contain blood clots. If you find clots in your blood then save your maternity pads to show them to your midwife. A presence of large clots in your blood can be because of something much serious like postpartum hemorrhage. Moreover, if your blood loss is more than a pint in your first 24 hours then also let your midwife know about this. If you feel nausea, dizzy, your vision becomes blurry, you feel weakness with an increased heartbeat and experience clammy skin then ring to your midwife immediately.
What is postpartum hemorrhage?
Postpartum hemorrhage is caused when a uterus or placenta doesn’t contract properly as it should. When you bleed a lot in your 24 hours or get large clots in your blood then it can be because of postpartum hemorrhage. Postpartum hemorrhage should be treated immediately as it can be life-threatening. Therefore, to avoid such serious condition, listen to your body carefully and do not hesitate to call your midwife if you experience any of the above-mentioned symptoms.