And here comes the birth: the child is born to the light, his "placenta" is detached from the uterus, torn vessels, which they intertwined and the uterus becomes open for a while with a bleeding wound. Together with the blood (from ragged blood vessels), the remains of the placenta, the dead endometrial microparticles and other "traces" of the fetus are removed to the outside. These postpartum discharge doctors call lochia, and without them any new mummy does not manage.
All women know that they will not be able to avoid postpartum menstruation, but the question is: how long will this last? The answer is, in principle, obvious: until the wound is healed, the uterus. And it depends on many other factors, from the course of pregnancy itself including. However, there are certain norms and, of course, permissible and unacceptable deviations from them.
Allocations after childbirth: rates and variances
So, almost every doctor on the question "how long does the discharge after childbirth?" respond: from 6 to 8 weeks. Here are the "normal" borders, but there are "normal deviations": allocations can stop in the week of the 5th, or the 9th. It is much more important to follow not the terms, but the nature of the excreta. So, Normally, the first 2-3 days of discharge from the uterus are bloody (bright red) with admixtures of clots and mucus, and also very abundant. Gradually, the locusts change their color (from red to brown, and then to transparent ones), and the amount (at the 5th-6th week the woman already only "smears", that is, the allocation is very scarce).
As each organism is individual and each pregnancy and childbirth proceeds in different ways, the duration of secretions varies. To sound an alarm and immediately consult a doctor is in the following cases:
- Allocations stopped very quickly (this may indicate a delay in the lute in the uterine cavity, which is fraught with complications in the form of infections and a hematometer);
- Highlighting does not change color, and all the time "too bloody" (may indicate poor blood coagulability);
- Bloody discharge resumed after it was already brown or transparent (a sign of intrauterine bleeding);
- Lohia have a bad smell (a clear sign of an intrauterine infection).
What can the duration of excreta after birth still depend on?
Usually after caesarean section the discharge lasts longer, because another bleeding on the uterus bleeds and heals, a cut through which your baby was born. Even after the "artificial" birth, the uterus shrinks slightly, although sometimes after natural births it is necessary to stab a woman with oxytocin, a hormone that increases uterine contractions. It is also proved, that the women who feed their babies are more likely to recover after the birth. It is during the application that the body produces oxytocin most intensively. During each feeding, pains in the lower abdomen can be intensified and the discharge becomes more intense - all this is normal and indicates that the uterus shrinks well, which means that soon you will forget about secretions.
Finally, I want to say a few words about how you can help yourself to recover sooner.
- Feed the baby on demand.
- In time, empty the bladder.
- Lie on your stomach often.
- Thoroughly observe the rules of personal hygiene. As long as the postpartum discharge does not stop, you can only take a shower, To wash it is necessary after each trip to the toilet, and also it is desirable in the first days after birth to use not gaskets, but diapers. About tampons in the first 6 months after childbirth in general is worth forget.
- Sex also have to be postponed for later.
By following these simple recommendations, you will not shorten the time of postpartum excretions (they will last for about a month), but you will be protected from possible complications.
We wish you a speedy recovery and enjoy motherhood!