So after spending my whole pregnancy worried about spotting and bleeding, I'm finding it really hard to not over-analyze or worry about quantity, frequency and color of lochia. I'm a little obsessed with the possibility of post-partum hemmorage... I'm assuming it's actually rare and that since the docs were already concerned about possible placenta accreta they were extra careful to remove my whole placenta during the c-section. But, still, I see blood and start to panic a bit. So, I'm hoping you wise ladies can weigh in and let me know if what I'm experiencing is normal or if I have to call my OB.
I'm 10 days post-partum. Days 1-3- heavy red bleeding. Days 4-5 light red bleeding. Days 6-7 pink spotting. And then on day 8, I had a big gush of bright red blood that basically could have soaked a pad (though it all went in the toilet instead). A few spots during the day later on. Day 9 (yesterday) a little bleeding in the morning and then another big gush in the afternoon (enough to half-way fill a pad). Day 10 (today) nothing yet.
In each case, the bleeding is proceeded by a long and intense tandem nursing session with my ravenous and possesive 4 year old devouring as much milk as she possibly can and my newborn slowly but steadily nursing for 1 to 1 1/2 hours to make up for sleepier and less filling nursing sessions. Additionally, on Day 7 I totally overdid it with back-to-back appointments and bustling around the house cleaning up. Yesterday I took a walk (which I did slowly but was still out for 45 minutes of walking on hilly terrain and was exhausted at the end) and was then tackled by my kids into a long nursing session. When I stood up, I gushed.
So, what do you think? Is this normal? Should I be worried about the gushing and/or the bright red-ness of it all? Am I just jumpy because it became such a major habit to look for signs of hemmorage that I can't seem to quit the behavior? Or, do I need to get my butt in to see a doctor?
Thanks so much for any info or experiences you can share!