The bleeding that occurs after delivering a child is named as lochia. This occurs after both normal as well as caesarean deliveries. This is the method of the body to remove the inside layer of the uterus of the mother after the child is born.The body must have made up the inner lining with more blood and tissues, to provide nourishment to the baby. These have to be expelled out after delivery is over. The blood leaks out as it happens during profound periods. Sometimes the flow may become smooth. Slowly the color changes back to normal, as the uterus turns back to the original size.
The blood may be ejected out initially as lumps with intense red color. Gradually the color fades, finally becoming a pale yellow color. The bleeding period may be either 2 or 3 weeks, after the delivery. Depending upon the exertion given to the body, the bleeding conditions also change. Rest is recommended for faster stoppage of bleeding.
1. It is just similar to the periods
2. It varies from the normal period’s blood flow, in containing small amounts of tissues and mucus.
3. The heavy bleeding slowly paves way to spotting and finally, stoppage of it completely.
4. It stops within 4- 6 weeks normally.
Precautions to be taken:
1) use thick pads to avoid leakage
2) prevent the usage of tampons, to prevent bacterial infection in the uterus and genital area
3) use clothes which are a bit old, but neat and clean ones, because, there are chances of them getting stained
4) avoid undertaking heavy work soon after delivery
5) any stinking smell or uncontrollable flow of blood should be immediately consulted with the doctor
1. Placenta gets separated from the uterus.
2. Blood vessels remain opened, in the attached area.
3. These begin to bleed into the uterus.
4. Now, the uterus continues to contract, thereby closing the blood vessels.
5. This reduces bleeding.
6. Uterus may be massaged, and the person may be provided with synthetic Oxytocin (Pitocin), to enhance contraction.
7. This contraction may be felt as cramps.
8. In some cases, the uterus may not cooperate with the body, thereby resulting in excessive bleeding.
Important Notice: the doctor should be informed in no time, if;
1) If the bleeding saturates a pad within an hour
2) If the blood remains to be intense red, even after the 1st week
3) The color of the blood does not fade, even after resting for longer time
4) The clots are large in size
5) There is offensive smell, along with fever, and chills
Other rare complications:
This type of complication occurs rarely, when a small piece of the placenta is accidentally places inside the uterus after the delivery is over.This leads to a condition, known as; secondary postpartum hemorrhage. The person bleeds very heavily, and feels unconscious. This has to be taken to the hospital immediately. The chance of occurrence is very rare, but is dangerous.To conclude; in 99% of the cases, the lochia stops normally within 2 weeks. If proper rest and nutritious food are provided, the recovery process can be accelerated.