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#1 of 10 Old 01-27-2012, 05:31 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I had a c-section with DD and the lochia wasn't really that bad at all. I figured because they suck/scoop it all out while they are in there. I keep hearing that after a natural birth it's really really bad like dripping down your legs bad. I guess I'm just trying to get a better idea of how long that heavy heavy bleeding last. I'm using cloth pads this time but I do have a few disposables I need to use up. Should I bring both? 


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Yikes! I had no idea it got "sucked" up during a section. In my experience, the lochia was comparable to a really heavy period. But I didn't have any clots or anything. I used overnight pads in the beginning, and then large ones later on.


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I've done both.  I had pp bleeding for probably 6 weeks with my vaginal birth and it was pretty heavy for a couple weeks.  I was totally unprepared.  It was really nice to have it for 2-3 days with my sections.

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I bled 16 weeks after my cesarean, and 8 and 6 weeks after my natural births. The heaviness was no different for my first(c/s) and second(vbac), it was much lighter for my 3rd who was born unassisted. 


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i had the full amount with my c-birth, what everybody describes as average length for any birth-- i was surprised at the time b/c i didn't count on that happening with the c.

too, if you are nursing on your non-first baby, you're going to probably have a shorter but more intense duration either way- i'd bring the arsenal!  (they gave me pads at the hospital last time, though, so you might could save yours and use theirs if they offer them)


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After my c with DD1 I had locchia for only 4-5 days.  This time, it also is very light at 5 days post partum... though it hasn't stopped yet.


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I bled for a good 4 weeks after my c-sections and then lightly for a couple more weeks. I don't think it was any different from a vaginal birth honestly BUT... hopefully I will get to find that out in a few weeks :)


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I bled for 2 weeks after my section. It was like a normal period in heaviness. I have always read to expect 4 weeks of bleeding. I think the RRL tea made a difference.

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I've never had c-sections, but with my first birth (episiotomy, not natural, didn't breastfeed past 3 days) I bled for 8 weeks and it was terrible. Heavy, clots, just awful. With my 2nd vaginal birth I was BFing exclusively and I think it made the difference for me. My birth was also drug-free. I was done bleeding before 2 weeks. Occasionally I would spot but no longer than 4 weeks. Not clotty/heavy at all. 


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Interesting, maybe it doesn't matter. Maybe like pregnancy, each one is different. I HATE plastic pads they give me a rash. I guess if I just use what the hospital puts on me till I can shower and feel semi normal the rash won't be so bad. I have 7 heavy cloth pads and 4 light/regular ones, I'm hoping with cloth laundry every other day it'll be enough.

 

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