Labor & Delivery: Bleeding After Birth



vaginal bleeding after birth

Ugh, maxi pads.

But you'll need them.



Here's another one to file under gross, TMI pregnancy concerns, right along with the mucus plug. But it's all part of labor and delivery, and you may as well be prepared.

An inquisitive mom-to-be, who happens to have some expensive white cotton sheets that she'd like to keep looking nice, asked ladies in Pregnancy about bleeding after birth. How much? How long after you come home from the hospital?

Here's what moms said to expect.

-- The bleeding can be heavy -- heavier than a period. So hold off on the white sheets until you're completely done. Same goes for nice panties.

-- With my vaginal delivery, I bled for about four weeks. With my C-section, I've bled occasionally, but the heavy bleeding stopped after about five days. Now it's only spotting.

-- I bled between 2 - 5 weeks after each baby. Use old sheets for sure!

-- I bled for four weeks. It was pretty heavy and you can't wear tampons. I hate it, but you've got to use pads.

Speaking of un-fun preggo questions, has a good list of the top 15 questions women have after giving birth. The bleeding issue is on it, as are how to deal with swelling after a vaginal delivery and can I get pregnant before my period returns (um, that would be a big YES.)

Here's what Dr. Spock has to say about vaginal bleeding after birth:

After you deliver, the "blood that formed the lining of the uterus, along with tissue and mucus, is expelled from the uterus." This is called lochia. Typically, the bleeding is heavy and bright red at first (any large clots should be reported to your doctor.) It will slow to more of a regular period flow over the next few days.

Some women may bleed for two months, others for only a week or two. Use sanitary napkins instead of tampons during this time to reduce the possibility of infection.


If you've given birth before, what was your postpartum recovery period like? What would you tell first-time moms to expect?


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sstepph sstepph

The bleeding was AWFUL! I bled for almost 4 weeks. Maybe 3. I can't remember. But the BEST Pads that I got were ALWAYS overnights and they were in a dark blue and purple package and I even used those in the hospital and had no leaks like the ones in the hospital did, so I reccomend getting those! I was very very very sore though, I fractured my tailbone and my pelvis was bruised from him trying to come out sideways, ugh. I only had to get 4 stiches though & that was rough getting in and out of bed. Uggh.

celti... celticreverie

I bled for about 4 weeks. It was pretty heavy. I was so thankful for the peri bottle! I would fill it with warm water and use it when I peed. It would help get the blood off during the day before I could get in the shower and the warm water helped with any tenderness! I didn't tear, so I didn't have the added pain, but the warm water spray was just AWESOME!

I used generic pads with no leaks. I have pads left over from my bleeding experience early on in the pregnancy and a bunch of pads in my homebirth kit so I hope that's enough haha.

Poiso... PoisonousBlonde

The bleeding was horrible. I used the pads the hospital supplied, they are like a mattress but they get the job done. By using those pads I only ended up ruining 1 pair of underwear.

With my first child, I only bled for 3 weeks.

With my 2nd, I bled for 4 weeks.

With my 3rd, I bled the entire 6 weeks.

njpmom06 njpmom06

I don't remember how long I bled with my first, but I do remember is was so heavy, I thought I might bleed to death, lol.  I will bring my own pads this time, instead of those hospital ones.  No one told me about the bleeding, then again, no one told me about a lot of the after birth stuff.

Another good use for your maxi-pad is for your bra if you are not BFing.  Those little things they give you in the hospital don't help much, I was never told my breast were going to pour and if you bump them, OMG, so I tried putting a maxi-pad in each side, they are sticky for the bra so they stay put and they hold a lot of milk.

mmmom... mmmommy0207

If you've ever had a period heavy enough to make you wonder if you were experiencing blood loss, hold on! It is just constant, and you notice it whenever you move, strain (like to bend over and pick up the baby), or do pretty much anything else. I HATE pads for this particular reason, but you HAVE to use them.  I agree with Celtic, those bottles are awesome! Use them every time you pee! And if you're feeling ambitious, keep a bottle of baby soap with a pump where you can reach it from the potty, and give it a "good" cleaning whenever you can. With all those little internal tears, (even if you didn't have any big tears outside) there is a HUGE risk of infection. When you have a new baby at home, you don't always get to shower as often as you would want, but you have to keep that particular part REALLY clean, OR ELSE! I knew a girl that ended  up with an infection, and it is one of the most unpleasant infections I've ever known a person to have!

preci... preciousbabycat

With my first I only bled for 2 weeks, with my 2nd I bled the whole six weeks, and my 3rd is on the way so hopefully it's not too bad

Germa... GermanMami

With my first, I only bled REALLY heavily for like 2 days, during which I had to use the hospital pads. After that I was able to switch to regular, thin ones. All in all I "bled" for 5 weeks, but for the last 10 days it got so light that I got away with using a pantyliner, and it didn't even look like blood anymore at that point. That was a vaginal delivery. My twins are going to be a c-section, so I'm kinda curious to see the difference.

Freela Freela

With my first, I bled super-heavy for the first two weeks, then like a period for about a week, then spotting and was done around week four.

With my  middle child, I bled on and off for the entire six weeks pp, I was still spotting red at my pp checkup at 7 weeks pp.  Totally sucked!

With my third, I honestly don't remember, but I DO remember that the afterpains were agonizing for about a week after the birth.  I was doubled up in pain, especially when nursing which promotes uterine contractions.  I had natural childbirth three times, but the afterpains with number three totally brought me to my knees!  They honestly felt like early labour pains and went on for over a week!

nonmember avatar Astha

I have two sons ....& i love my sons.......i love elder son ADITYA is 9yrs old... My 2nd NAMAN son is 2yrs,6months old....

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