Most of the first-time moms don’t really know what to expect after giving birth, especially when it comes to the transformation that the body undergoes in the process. If you were in the dark that the major bodily changes happen only during pregnancy, you are in for a little shock. You will gradually learn that your body takes its own sweet time to return to its normal self post-childbirth too.
One of the concerns that most new moms have is regarding the bleeding that takes place after the delivery. But, know that it is normal to have vaginal discharge and bleeding if you have undergone a natural delivery or even a C-section surgery. This occurrence is medically known as lochia. This happens so that your body is able to get rid of the surplus tissue and blood that is present in the uterus to help with your little one’s development within the womb (1).
Bleeding will be much more during the initial few days after the childbirth. But, with time, it should come down. However, if the bleeding continues to be heavy, you should surely reach out to your doctor.
What Is Considered Normal (2)?
Bright red is generally the color of your blood during this phase. And, you may also observe some clots in the first few days post-childbirth. But, the clots should not be any bigger than one quarter. Initially, you may have to wear a pad recommended by the hospital. Later on, you can switch to the normal sanitary napkins.
Soon after you bring your little one home, your bleeding will be a little more. This might also be because you have to move around a lot. So, if you notice this happening, you should give your feet some rest and relax for a while.
It is pretty natural for you to feel a huge gush of blood as you stand up. But, this is primarily because of the shape of your vaginal area. What happens is that the blood collects in an area that resembles a cup when you are sitting. And, the second you stand up, it all comes pouring out.
In around 10 days or so, your bleeding should come down. However, you will still observe spotting or light bleeding for nearly six weeks post delivery. During this time, you can also opt for normal sanitary napkins. But, steer away from tampons as it may cause infection.
When Should You Consult A Doctor (3)?
Postpartum hemorrhage is a medical condition in which a woman has heavy bleeding after her baby’s birth. It is said to affect nearly 5 percent of new moms and is most likely to occur within 24 hours of delivery. But, this may occur anytime before the woman hits the 12th-week mark after her little one’s birth.
Postpartum hemorrhage is a serious health condition and can bring down your blood pressure significantly. And, if the pressure drops down too low, the organs may not get adequate blood. This can result in shock, and in some cases, death too. So, that is why, it is essential to be vigil and take the necessary precautions on time, including reaching out to the doctor immediately.
Do consult your doctor immediately if you come across these particular signs and symptoms:
- The blood clots that appear larger than even a plum
- If the bleeding continues to be bright red even after three days of childbirth
- The vision becomes blurred
- Bleeding which soaks up over one sanitary napkin in an hour. And, it doesn’t seem to stop or slow down
- Weakness and dizziness
- The heartbeat is rapid
- You feel like fainting
Remember not to get stressed unnecessarily now that you know what is normal. And, if something looks out of routine, reach out to a medical professional or doctor immediately. Good luck to all the new mommies!