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Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

It’s been over a week since I had my baby and I’m still bleeding kind of a lot. I even passed a big clot the other day. Shouldn’t this be slowing down?

Re: It’s been over a week since I had my baby and I’m still bleeding kind of a lot. I even passed a big clot the other day. Shouldn’t this be slowing down?

The Bump Expert

Yes, and it will soon. The discharge, called lochia, starts off bright red and can contain clots, which are usually a sign that you’ve been too active and should try to rest a bit. As your uterus begins to heal from childbirth, the discharge changes from red, to pink, to brown, to white, and can last for two to six weeks. If you had a long or difficult labor, a large baby or multiples, or other complications such as a placental abruption, you may experience more bleeding.

Wear sanitary pads to contain the flow -- don’t use tampons until at least six weeks postpartum. Call your doctor if the lochia is still bright red at six weeks, if it becomes red again after having lightened, if you start soaking through pad in an hour, or if you see a clot larger than a golf ball. These can be signs of a postpartum hemorrhage (scary, but rare).

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Postpartum Bleeding?

My son is 4 1/2 months old and I am breast feeding. I was told that if you breast feed you don't get your period, well that is not the case for me. I have gotten my period 6 times since he was born and the last ones has been going for over 3 weeks.  I have gone to the doc and he said that we have to wait another month (why I don't know- I think he doesn't know why I'm getting so many periods either and needs time to do some research).  I have my next appointment in 2 weeks and they are going to do an ultra sound.  At first he thought I might have a tear but he checked that there was nothing there.  He said it could be my hormones but if I go on meds for that then I can't breast feed.  What to do?  I've had this period for over 3 weeks now and lets say it has but a damper on certain things.  I am really getting frustrated and don't know what to do.

Fabiana78 |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

I had an emergency c-section on 11/10/09. I had heavy bleeding for the first 3 weeks, then light bleeding for the next two weeks. Finally I had a discharge that lightened as each day passed for 4 weeks after that. I'm breastfeeding frequently without supplementing a bottle or formula and have not had an actual period.

niami |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

I had my baby 6 weeks and 1 day ago and I am still bleeding! But I have also had sex a few times recently.

maddiesmommy223 |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

I bled for just under 6 weeks after c-section. 2 weeks heavy, 2 weeks light, 1+ week light pink/brown. I am now 8 weeks after delivery and still no period.

Dolphinnm |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

mine took about a month to go away. it slows down and gets lighter then disappears

starpower729 |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

My baby is 7 weeks old. I recently started back on birth control that helped a little, but I was told it would take around 6 weeks to stop. Just make sure you are still taking your prenatal vitamins and make sure your iron doesn't get low due to the loss of blood. Take it easy and don't lift anything heavier than your baby. Hope this helps. Good luck and congratulations on your new little bundle of joy.

sarahwalters15 |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

I had a c-section and bleed for about 5 weeks. The first week was very heavy and then it started to taper off. I then got my first period for the first time at about 10 weeks.

cynth1 |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

My baby is 8 weeks old and at my postpartum appointment I was on my period. One week after my postpartum apointment I began bleeding heavy again. I have noticed it gets heavier after working out, having sex and breastfeeding. I called my OBGYN yeserday and they said to come in, will see how that goes today.

bustardte |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

i had a vaginal birth and about 2 weeks out i got the marina for birth control. i was still bleeding for those 2 weeks and even after they placed the birth control. i bled for 3 months, when suddenly my birth control fell out and then my bleeding completely stopped the next day. then a month later found out i was pregnant again. so i don't even know if i had a period or if it was just bleeding from after childbirth? they told me it could be the change in my hormones and the marina wouldn't help balance it out very well since i just had a baby but it still didn't explain why i stopped bleeding after it fell out and why i bled for so long after i had my son.

zaryz09 |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

I know this is not what you want to hear, but I bled for over 9 weeks. It does slow down.. but it was still regular. Good Luck-- the baby is all worth it!

TLBoylan |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

My baby is 9 weeks old and I'm still spotting, even after I went back on the pill a week ago. I had a cesarean and expected I'd bleed a long time but never thought it would be this long. My OB says it's different for everyone and I know I'm on the extreme side but I gotta say, it's a little annoying. But it's lightened up a lot since I stopped breastfeeding 2 weeks ago and since I went back on the pill 1 week ago. I'm hoping it'll stop completely before my LO is 12 weeks old! Yeesh!

alist |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

I am 8 wks 1 day PP and im still having heavy bleeding and passing big clots from time to time. So you are normal. I had heavy bleeding/huge blood clots 5 weeks PP. these pass 2 weeks is when its been slowing down.

eltoothman |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

I would say, obviously everyone is different and there is no set in stone answer about when pp bleeding will stop, but I should warn you that you should keep a very close eye on it and let your doctor know if it continues much longer. I was still bleeding and passing very large clots two weeks, then three weeks postpartum. I was passing so much blood and such large clots still that I could not walk without bleeding everywhere. I ended up needing a D and C and was dangerously close to needing an immediate blood transfusion because I let it go on too long without informing my doctor. If you are passing large clots and bleeding heavily within the next week or so I would definitely go to the doctor immediately.

brookeb10 |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

My baby is 6 weeks old. I thought I had stopped bleeding about a week ago but all of a sudden it's back! I'm exclusively breastfeeding, has this happened to anyone else?

Beata8186 |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

This is an old post now, but maybe I can help someone who finds this after me. Here is a blog post on what to expect after you give birth: http://lifes-greatest-blessings.blogspot.com/2013/01/what-to-expect-recovering-from-labor.html

melyseb |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

I bled fairly heavily for over five weeks and it finally tapered off just before my six week check-up. I called the OB's office a couple of times and, while they originally said I should bleed "no heavier than a period, for no longer than a period", they continued to tell me that my experience was normal. It has been eight months now and I am still sometimes sore, and I have yet to have a period. I stopped breastfeeding at three months when I returned to work, and have been back on birth control pills since.

ltb0613 |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

your bleeding can last up to 6 weeks after you leave the hospital, you should not be bleeding through or completely saturating the maxi pad in the course of one hour. You may pass blood clots up to the size of a golf ball over the next 6 weeks, anything bigger contact your emergency room or doctor. The bleeding should get lighter in color and volume over 6 weeks, it eventually will turn into spotting and then go away. It is very important to not put anything into your vagina for 6 weeks including: douch, tampon, or sex. Also dont strain yourself by lifting anything heavair than the baby for at least 2 weeks. Post Partum Corpsman U.S. Navy

johnjscan45 |

Q&A: Postpartum bleeding?

I was soaking through a pad about ever hour to two hours and passing large clots(quarter size and larger) two weeks after giving birth to my daughter. I went in for an ultra sound and it turned out I had a piece of placenta still in my uterus. I went in for a D&C to have it removed. The procedures took about and hour and was asleep for the whole thing. It has been about a week since and my bleeding has finally slowed down and is almost stopped.

amilliken8 |

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