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Not your individual healthy clean smells.
Talking about clinically.
Clinically you teach clients lochia is a clean fresh "no odor" just as your menstrual blood. Both are supposed to have the same clean fresh no odor.
Nope. It shouldn't. It should have a scent or a smell, but not an odor.
Lochia should smell like a variation (slightly stronger, sweeter, more earthy, whatever--but similar) of your period.
I tell my patients and clients to be on the look out for FISHY and FOUL or ROTTEN odors, and green, frothy, or chunky discharge/lochia. Or anything that their gut tells them is off.
I'm soooooo sad I cannot cite a source....
...but years ago I checked out a midwifery textbook from the U of Minnesota's biomed library (not Varney's, but maybe Myles or some other British publication) and it stated that healthy lochia should smell of marigolds.
What an unforgettable sentence to read--so I'm confident that memory serves me.
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