Still experiencing lochia at 4 wks pp; normal? - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 13 Old 03-16-2004, 12:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
JanB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 1,499
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had my baby on Feb. 17, and I am still experiencing a very light flow of lochia, or at least I assume it's lochia. Is this normal? With my son, I quit bleeding around the 2.5 week mark. This time, I feel like it's never going to stop. : I was just wondering if anyone else has experienced postpartum bleeding that lasted this long. I mean, it's been a month! I'm starting to think I'm going to be wearing a pad for the rest of my life.
JanB is offline  
#2 of 13 Old 03-16-2004, 01:05 PM
 
anothermama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: somewhere between here and there
Posts: 2,852
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
From what I've read, it can last up to 7-8 weeks.
anothermama is offline  
#3 of 13 Old 03-16-2004, 01:39 PM
 
mimim's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 2,559
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It's definitely normal to be still bleeding at 4 weeks. I didn't stop completely for 5 or 6 weeks after both of my birth. By the time my babies were a month old, I was mostly just spotting though. If you start bleeding MORE at this point you are probably trying to do too much and should rest more!

Rainbow.gif ~ Molly
mimim is offline  
#4 of 13 Old 03-16-2004, 02:31 PM
 
carrots's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 1,296
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i bled with my 3rd for almost 8 weeks. it gets old though doesn't it?
carrots is offline  
#5 of 13 Old 03-16-2004, 03:57 PM
 
Artisan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 5,427
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Definitely normal! I bled for seven weeks.
Artisan is offline  
#6 of 13 Old 03-17-2004, 04:04 AM
 
seven_lux's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Victoria, Australia
Posts: 421
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i bled fairly heavily for about 1-2 wks and still *needed* to wear something in my underwear (liner/pad) up to about 10 wks post partum. It was only very light but still noticeable.

4 wks is very normal from everything i've read and heard.
seven_lux is offline  
#7 of 13 Old 03-17-2004, 04:09 AM
 
mosschops's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Head in the clouds, UK
Posts: 147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
yep, I was six weeks with ds1 and eight weeks with ds2, with a 'surprise' reappearence for a week a week after that.

(my sentence construction is getting worse...)

2.5 weeks is incredible!

Are you still getting pains? or losing big clots? if not, then i'm sorry to say that it IS normal, as everyone else has said. sigh... it's just not fair!
mosschops is offline  
#8 of 13 Old 03-17-2004, 10:14 AM - Thread Starter
 
JanB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Columbus, OH
Posts: 1,499
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nope, no big clots, thank goodness. And, it is down to a very, very light flow. I guess I just got spoiled by how quickly it disappeared last time! Although, last time I did have a Cesarean birth; I wonder if that has anything to do with it. This baby was VBAC.
JanB is offline  
#9 of 13 Old 03-17-2004, 11:50 AM
 
captain optimism's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Good Ship Lollipop
Posts: 7,447
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Congratulations on the VBAC!

I had lochia for about 5 weeks pp, then also some occasional bleeding from an episiotomy site until 7 weeks.

But, in compensation, I still haven't had my period and I'm 13 months post-partum!

Divorced mom of one awesome boy born 2-3-2003.
captain optimism is offline  
#10 of 13 Old 03-17-2004, 11:48 PM
 
sharksmum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Canada
Posts: 372
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I bled for 8 weeks as well! I kept calling my midwife to make sure it was still okay that I was bleeding and it was. She said if it all of a sudden got alot heavier to call her.

Congrats on your babe!
sharksmum is offline  
#11 of 13 Old 03-18-2004, 04:33 AM
 
seven_lux's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Victoria, Australia
Posts: 421
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Having a c/sec probably does result in less lochia. My friend who has had 3 c/b's says that they suction out a lot of the excess fluids and stuff during the proceedure. I guess that would mean less lochia.
seven_lux is offline  
#12 of 13 Old 03-19-2004, 11:47 AM
 
Nikki Christina's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SC
Posts: 3,114
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I didnt stop untill 6 weeks after having David

Kayden I stopped pretty early..like 2 1/2 weeks.. but after having her i lost alot of blood & had to be given pitocin to stop..
Nikki Christina is offline  
#13 of 13 Old 03-19-2004, 03:35 PM
 
~Megan~'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Oregon
Posts: 15,295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I had lochia for 9 weeks. I wasn't overly active or anything. I only passed small clots. My OB didn't seem overly concerned with it. By 6 weeks it was lighter but still required pad changing ever few hours.

Mom of a 7 yr old, 4 yr old, and 1 yr old. Wow. How did that happen?
~Megan~ is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Drag and Drop File Upload
Drag files here to attach!
Upload Progress: 0
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off