Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bleeding after childbirth

After delivery, all women have bleeding for several weeks. This postpartum bleeding is also called lochia.

What is lochia?
Lochia consists not only of blood. After the birth of the baby, still has particles and debris from the uterus which your body needs to get rid of. Postpartum hemorrhage is actually the way your body removes the excess blood, mucus, and placental tissue remaining from your pregnancy. Bleeding may last 2-6 weeks.

How does it look?
Bleeding after childbirth can be of different looks depending on how long the bleeding. Lochia may suddenly start gushing blood as you can or as a steady flow during the regular menstrual cycle. In the beginning, there may be blood clots the size of the cluster, but gradually reduces bleeding.

Color lochia is usually the first red light. After a week or two lochia color changes and becomes brownish and very rare in texture. After the next few weeks, the discharge color continues to change from red to pink, and finally a yellow-whitish. Bleeding will also slow down and become lighter as time passes.

Taking care of yourself
It is necessary to put sanitary pads during the first few weeks after delivery, while lochia stops. If you use tampons, you will need to adjust to use cartridges as the use of tampons is not recommended. Tampons can enter a new bacteria into the uterus, and thereby cause an infection.

It is important to rest for several weeks after birth. Your body needs a long time to recover, and overwork so soon after giving birth can extend the period of recovery, including higher postpartum bleeding. It is normal that certain activities, such as feeding, walking or even standing, increased bleeding because of the natural activities affect the uterus to empty.

When to worry?
Not everyone is healthy bleeding after childbirth. Also known as postpartum hemorrhage, bleeding after delivery this can lead to significant blood loss and even death if not treated quickly. Signs to watch for are:

- If you are sanitary pads soaked in less than one hour
- If you feel a bad smell secretions
- If blood clots are huge in size, such as the size of golf balls or even larger
- If you feel faint or dizzy
If you have any of these symptoms, or you are concerned about postpartum hemorrhage, immediately contact your doctor. If you omalaksali or if you experience dizziness, and profuse bleeding, call an ambulance immediately.

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