Postpartum bleeding: Is it normal?

Pregnancy, childbirth takes a tow on a woman's body. One of the many things your body will go through is postpartum bleeding. Whether you have a vaginal delivery or cesarean delivery, vaginal bleeding after childbirth is normal. Postpartum bleeding, which is also called lochia occurs because of the shedding and restoration of your uterine lining.  The bleeding lasts for four to six weeks post-delivery. The bleeding is a combination of the following :
  • Blood
  • Pieces of the uterine lining
  • Mucus
  • White blood cells
Therefore, you should visit your hospital immediately for treatment. That being said, This is what normal postpartum bleeding looks like
  • Bright red blood
  • The blood clot may occur for few days
  • Reduction of blood after few days
  • Light bleeding or spotting for up to 6 weeks after delivery
Make sure to change your pads often to prevent infection. Don’t use tampons because they can cause infection. While it's normal to have postpartum bleeding, you should also look out for things that are abnormal. These signs are:
  • Bright red bleeding that goes beyond the third day after birth
  • Blood clots bigger than a plum
  • Blurred vision
  • Body chills
  • Clammy skin
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Faint feeling
  • Bleeding that soaks more than one sanitary pad for an hour and doesn’t slow down or stop.
If you experience these symptoms above, you probably have postpartum hemorrhage which is a serious medical condition. This can cause a big drop in your blood pressure. If the pressure gets too low, your organs won’t get enough blood. This can lead to shock, and result in sudden death.   Written by ; Temitope Ikusika

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