One of the first thoughts that come to mind after finding out you are pregnant is "NO PERIODS!". During pregnancy, your body is a never-ending work in progress, and everything changes up to the final week of pregnancy. The baby is finally here, and yet the changes in your body continue. One of the changes you will experience is prolonged postpartum bleeding also known as lochia for several weeks.
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The only difference between Lochia discharge and periods is that it lasts longer and is heavier. For the first 2-3 days after delivery, the bleeding will be severe and may contain blood clots. However, after few days, the flow will gradually diminish to spots before ending completely, and as the uterus heals, the color of the flow will change from dark red to brown, then yellowish-white.
Lochia is a common side effect of childbirth for all women. It is not an illness or a pregnancy problem. It is caused by the uterine lining shedding after delivery because after delivery, the body must repair and the uterus must shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size.
How to manage the bleeding after delivery
1 Invest in sanitary napkins and replace them on a regular basis. You'll need large pads with a lot of absorption capacity in the first few days.
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2 To avoid infection, avoid using tampons or menstrual cups.
3 To prevent bacteria from spreading, avoid sexual activity during this time.
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4 Empty your bladder on a regular basis. Even if you don't feel the desire to relieve yourself, urinate frequently.
5 The recuperation process might be accelerated by taking a herbal bath with Epsom salt.
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6 Increase your iron intake to avoid iron deficiency.
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