Postpartum Bleeding/ Vaginal Discharge (Lochia)

Every woman experiences some postpartum bleeding and vaginal discharge. Once your baby is born, your body sheds the blood and tissue that lined your uterus.

For the first few days after delivery, bleeding will be heavy, bright red in color, and may have a few small clots. As time goes on, the flow gets lighter and after 10-14 days will finally stop. Use sanitary pads instead of tampons until the vaginal discharge goes away.

About six weeks after delivery, you will have a postpartum visit with your doctor to make sure you are healing well and that you have recovered from pregnancy and birth.

This visit is a good time to share concerns and ask questions about your physical or emotional health, the healing process, breastfeeding, birth control, weight loss, sex, and how you are adjusting to life with your new baby.

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