SEE­ING RED

Mother & Baby (Australia) - - Realadvice -

What’s a nor­mal amount of blood loss af­ter you’ve had a baby? Three weeks af­ter giv­ing birth, my bleed­ing had slowed to pink and then brown, but in the last few days I have had bright red blood again. Mid­wife Me­gan Baker says: It’s nor­mal for bleed­ing to con­tinue on and off for around six weeks af­ter giv­ing birth. Gen­er­ally, it slows from a mod­er­ate to heavy bright red dis­charge to a mod­er­ate pink flow, and fi­nally to a small amount of brown dis­charge.

It’s not un­usual to ex­pe­ri­ence an in­crease in the amount of bleed­ing and a re­turn to a red dis­charge, even af­ter ev­ery­thing ap­pears to have set­tled down. This of­ten co­in­cides with an in­crease in your ac­tiv­ity lev­els. You’re prob­a­bly run­ning around more, or per­haps the rel­a­tives who stayed to help dur­ing the first cou­ple of weeks have left and you’re do­ing more of the phys­i­cal chores your­self. If there are clots or an of­fen­sive smell see your GP. Oth­er­wise, take it a bit eas­ier and give the bleed­ing a few days to set­tle.

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