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!
I'm 6 days post partum and I am still getting a big gush once a day. The first two days I had heavy bleeding, and since then Ive only needed about two pads a day. If it werent for the occasional gushes, I could just be wearing a pantyliner because the bleeding is much lighter than it was with DD.
Holly and David
Adaline (3/20/10), and Charlie (1/26/12- 4/10/12) and our identical twins Callie and Wendy (01/04/13)
Sounds normal. With my first child, I was still getting an occasional red gush and on and off pink/red spotting at 6 weeks PP. Nursing causes your uterus to contract, so it makes sense that you are getting the gushes after nursing. I think my bleed was so long because I was "over doing it" and had some traumatic stress going on in my life (not baby related).
Momma to 2 little boys.
girl, just your body saying "take it easy!"
Sounds normal to me, too. I had the same thing happen a week and a half PP after having my son. My husband and I went for too long of a walk. I bled more that night than I had the past week.
Michele married to Dh since Dec 2000 and happily sharing a home with 3 kitties, 1 doggy, DS R born 8/25/09 into the arms of his mama, and DS E born 2/25/2012
Jesse, mama to my three wonderful boys, our newest born at home late Jan 2012