Pam, so the lochia is directly from those open blood vessels? I assumed that the blood vessels would seal up fairly quickly, and the lochia was just the sloughing of the rest of the uterine lining, as in menstruation. Is that just totally wrong?
Also, how long before the cervix closes up? Certainly not six weeks?! Does it have to stay open to admit passage of the lochia? If so, must the cervix be open during menstruation as well? If Golden's sources are correct, that would mean that intercourse during menstruation should be avoided, since semen could infect the uterus.
Phoebe, I hadn't heard that before, but it does sound far-fetched, doesn't it. "It's not uncommon"? I've never
heard of a woman dying from having sex too soon after birth. Anybody else?