Lochia after birth

Lochia after childbirth - the norm, duration, complications, advice on hygiene

Childbirth is an absolutely natural process, for which the whole body as a whole answers, but still the "center of events" is the uterus. It is in it that 9 months grow and develop a little man, it changes most during pregnancy and after delivery becomes an open bleeding wound that must heal and return to the old "life". The placenta, together with the fetus, releases the uterus, bursting with the endometrium (the upper layer of the uterine cavity), and since these two important organs are connected by numerous blood vessels, it is natural that the process of their "rupture" can not do without blood in the literal sense of the word. The uterus of a woman after giving birth begins to return to her former "form", pushing out all unnecessary and unnecessary, which women call postnatal monthly, and doctors are lochia.

Lohia is & hellip;

& hellip; postpartum discharges, which are wound detachable. Above, we briefly described what happens to the uterus after childbirth, so it becomes clear where and why there are lochia. These discharges are similar in their nature to discharges during menstruation, but they are formed from other "components". In the composition of scraps of the mucous membrane of the uterine cavity, the remains of the placenta, the sulphure and mucus from the cervical canal, and, of course, the blood that appears as a result of rupture of the vessels.

Lohia (their color, consistency, character) require special attention of both the medical staff and the mothers, as they testify to the restoration of the uterus (and the whole organism). There are certain norms about what should be the discharge, and any deviations become a signal of postpartum complications. New moms have a lot of questions about this. In the first days after birth, the woman is under the supervision of doctors, but soon she is discharged home, and the discharge does not stop and she herself already has to monitor the character of the lousy so as not to lose important symptoms of "postpartum malfunctions."

Let's figure out which lochia are "normal" and which are "pathological".

Postpartum condition: rates and abnormalities

Norms. The scarlet secretions are scarlet with clots of blood and mucus, abundant enough in the first days after birth - this is normal. Every day, the character and appearance of the lousy will change: their number is scanty, and the color becomes lighter. First, the lochia become brown and brown, then become lighter and at all become yellowish or transparent, and in their "composition" there is no more blood, only mucus. After several weeks (4-6), postpartum excretions cease altogether. After a long rest, excretions can increase, while moving and breast-feeding they are also more abundant. The smell of postnatal lochias can not be called repulsive and unbearable, although it is very specific (preliminarily). In the first days after birth, a woman can feel pain in the lower abdomen. With lochia it is not completely connected, painful sensations cause uterine contractions. In turn, with a good contraction of the uterus, the body quickly gets rid of badass.

Deviations. The sudden abrupt cessation of postpartum discharge indicates that the lochia lingers in the uterine cavity, and this is fraught with serious complications, because the wound detachment is an excellent environment for pathogenic bacteria, which can cause inflammation and infection of the uterus. Dangerous also the sudden resumption of discharge after they have already begun to stop, and they again get a bright red color (a sign of uterine bleeding). Of particular importance is the smell of lousy, which becomes intolerable if the uterine cavity is infected, and their color (when the infection separates it acquires a greenish tinge and becomes purulent). Severe heavy bleeding at any stage after birth should be the reason for immediate contact with a doctor.

How to avoid complications?

  • Not always a woman can avoid postpartum complications, but simple rules should be followed, and then their probability will decrease:

    • Carefully observe personal hygiene (daily urinate toilet external genitals, replace gaskets every 2-3 hours, regardless of their filling, do not use tampons).
    • In time, empty the bowels and bladder.
    • Spread the ice on the lower abdomen once a day in order to improve the contractions of the uterus, and often lie on your stomach and move.
    • Breastfeeding is the surest and fastest way of postpartum recovery.

    The soonest recovery and no complications!

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