How long should postpartum bleeding last?. After you have a baby you can expect to have some baby and it's because the vessels that were feeding your baby, every time your heart beat a large percentage of your blood volume was going to that spot. Those vessels are kind of left still raw and bleeding and your uterus needs to cramp down really tightly over them and act like a tourniquet and prevent you from bleeding too much. The immediate postpartum period, the first hour after you've had a baby is the most important time to be watched for signs of hemorrhage. That risk still continues for up to the first three months after you've had a baby so it's important to watch your flow and make sure that it's slowing down. If you ever have any specific concerns about it, it would be best to talk to your doctor. They can ask you more specific questions about it and decide if it warrants further investigation or treatment. There are a few different things that can cause additional bleeding after you've slowed down so the doctor can help you work through those issues and decide if something needs to be done about it. Generally speaking blood flow will be most significant the first week after you've had a baby and it will be bright red and be accompanied by significant cramping. That should all taper off over the next couple of weeks. Weeks two and three you should notice that you're not having heavy bleeding, you're not having bright red bleeding, it should go to a more pinkish brownish color. Then usually most women, by weeks three to five, are noticing that they're not bleeding at all, they're just having normal white discharge. If you ever stop bleeding and start again then it would be best to talk to your doctor especially if it's persisting. Make sure that if you ever saturate a pad in an hour or you're passing a lot of clots that you go to the Emergency Room to get checked out. Avoid using tampons because it's good for what is in there to come out to prevent infections and things like that. Make sure you're changing your pads every four hours to prevent irritation and infection. If you have any other questions related to bleeding and your specific circumstance be sure to talk to your OB provider that delivered you. But if you have any other questions for me feel free to ask them our Facebook page at Facebook.com/IntermountainMoms and recommend us to your friends and family too.
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