Bleeding after birth Weeks 3 to 6
Bleeding after birth

The amount of bleeding after delivery can be quite frightening, but it’s completely normal and – if you think about it – expected.

First the placenta separates from the uterus, exposing open blood vessels, and then the uterus shrinks down from over one kilogram to just over 50 grams, expelling blood, mucus and tissue as it does.
You also have to remember that the amount of blood in your body increased by about 50 per cent during your pregnancy, and now it’s time for things to go back to normal. Here’s what you need to know:

Weeks 3-6:

In most cases, the discharge or lochia as it’s called, will gradually lessen and change colour from red through to pink and brown, then a yellow/white discharge.
This process can take up to six weeks, though it may not take that long. Continue to avoid tampons and heavy lifting until your uterus is fully shrunk and closed. If the discharge has a foul odor, call your practitioner.

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You and your baby after birth
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