Yoram Yasur Blume explains everything you need to know about postpartum bleeding
Pregnancy involves many changes and postpartum, too. And it makes sense: woman have nurtured and sheltered one or more babies for 9 months and it is less logical that their body has to rearrange after giving birth. Well, one of the factors that is not often talked about are the so-called “lochia.” Today, Yoram Yasur Blume will tell you about what this postpartum bleeding involves and what to expect as the weeks go by.
- A totally normal process:
During pregnancy, the body increases the total blood volume by 50%. Yoram Yasur Blume explains that after the birth of the baby, the mother has to eliminate this “extra blood”, regardless of whether she has had a normal delivery or a cesarean section. So, lochia is produced. The discharges appear abundantly the first days after the birth, then they decrease in quantity. They can even last between 4 and 6 weeks.
- The first days will be abundant:
The first week and, in particular, the first 4 days after delivery, women experienced heavy bleeding. Yoram Yasur Blume explains that the amount varies from woman to woman and the interventions that have been practiced or not in the body but could be said to be equivalent to a second day in menstruation (sometimes even more abundant).
It is also likely that you experience some pain or discomfort in the area due to the contractions generated by the uterus itself. But in reality, this is very beneficial, since they are intended to help in the recovery of the normal state of the uterus.
- The color changes:
During the first days the blood will be vibrant red with some darker spots, as it contains (in addition to blood) remains of uterine tissue and white blood cells. As the weeks go by, the amount of blood decreases and more fats, mucus and white blood cells appear. In this period the color of the discharges also changes: they will turn brown with pink tones and then finally transform into white tones.
- They can last more than a month:
Yoram Yasur Blume explains that bleeding tends to extend up to a month and a half after delivery. This is because, after the expulsion of the placenta, the blood vessels that connected it to the uterus are also released, producing vaginal discharges.
It is estimated that the time it takes for the uterus to contract and recover is around 6 weeks, but this may vary. For example, if you have had an episiotomy, the bleeding will also be linked to this intervention and may prolong the recovery time.
We hope this information about postpartum bleeding is useful for you and that you have it in mind for those weeks after the birth of the baby.