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#1 of 7 Old 08-05-2014, 11:30 AM - Thread Starter
 
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can I ask...how long did everyone bleed for post-labor?

This was my first pregnancy and I bled for 3-4 months after giving birth naturally. My partner and I got intimate earlier tham suggested. I half thought that I might have torn something INSIDE, but even so, I never scheduled a 6 week check up. Now I feel like my vaginal muscles are SO incredibly weak and I have to work so hard using ben wa balls everyday or I will notice a difference sexually. (Maybe that's just what comes with childbirth, I don't know) I'm wondering, is that a normal amount of time to bleed after your first child or did I really possibly tear something all that time ago?
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I had bleeding for a few weeks and then some light bleeding for up to 10 weeks because my perineum did not heal properly. Once it healed, the bleeding stopped.
3-4 months definitely seems like too long to have postpartum bleeding. It is usually gone by 6 weeks. Usually more bleeding than usual is caused by being too active after the birth, not resting enough. Muscle weakness can be an after effect of giving birth but some cases are worse than others and I don't know if it would be related to the bleeding. Some people have prolapse that can caus problems. Have you seen your doctor at all since the birth to ask these questions?



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I've since been, yes, all is well and any internal tearing I would've had had healed by that point.
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I had a first degree tear that was stitched up right after birth. I did everything the midwives recommended in terms of activity. I stayed upstairs for a whole week except for one time taking my son to the pediatrician. At four weeks bleeding had stopped and I was able to go swimming. I was still slightly sore for a couple more weeks though, but not bad enough that I noticed it most of the time.
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I don't remember with DD (pg #1 ) but with this pg, I bled for about 6 weeks. Had one day of spotting at 7 weeks, but that was it. What did your doc say? I had a friend who had a triplet pregnancy & she had a csection, and she was still bleeding at 3 months. They did an exploratory hysteroscopy & found some retained placenta. She had a D&c and now Alls ok.
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If you are not breastfeeding, it may be a first postpartum return of your menstrual period.

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I always bled for a week and spotted for 4-8 weeks. We got intimate in a week and a half.
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