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#1 of 13 Old 08-02-2009, 07:12 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I am 16 days post partum, and I'm still having fairly heavy bleeding (I go through 3-4 pads a day). It is mostly brown, but occasionally it is still bright red. From what I've read, I expected the bleeding to be gone by now. I don't remember how long it lasted after my first. Is this normal?

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My PP bleeding lasted 3 weeks with both of my babes. Don't remember when the color changed. I don't think 16 days is all that long. I'm sure others will chime in.
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Well, I bled heavy for about 6 weeks with my first two I really think that it is different for everyone. i was up and doing stuff super early (like after a few days) with them though.

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I bled for about 4 weeks with my first and 6 weeks with my second. Its normal and will clear up on its own
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Tomorrow I will be 2 weeks postpartum and I am still bleeding rather heavily. Mine also alternates between brown and bright red and sometimes is very heavy and sometimes is barely there. I keep thinking it is finally slowing up only for it to return full force. My midwife says that I should still be taking it easy but I feel so good otherwise - and with a toddler to take care of also, I don't really have the opportunity to relax much.

I am hoping it will end soon. From my understanding, this can go on for weeks, though, so I am just taking it day to day! :

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3 weeks here and still clotty and heavy.
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I bled 5-6 weeks with previous babies, this one seems like it will be letting up earlier. My last midwife said it is a good guage of whether or not you are resting enough-- if the bleeding increases you are doing too much. I would think if there is a return of bright red, that might be a similar indication that you need to be a little less active.

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8 weeks with my first, and more like 4 weeks this time, though it was more like spotting at the end.

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I bled for about 6 weeks with my daughter. It CAN last that long.

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yep to what everyone said. I bled for like a month with my first. This time I'm already slowing down at 1 week PP, I think the gallons and gallons of RRL tea might have helped? Not sure, but bleeding that long is definitely normal!
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Thank you so much for your reassuring replies. It's funny because my pregnancy books and the internet make it sound like it should be letting up by the end of 2 weeks. I'm sure those of you who mentioned doing too much are right. I have a toddler too, and as much as I would love to be reclining in a rocker all day, I don't quite manage that - though I am being careful not to lift anything too heavy. Anyway, thanks again. I feel much better now and will just wait it out patiently.

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DD will be 4 weeks old this Sunday, and I am still bleeding
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Everything I've read says that, like everything else w/ pregnancy and birth, it varies from woman to woman. I think one of the books I have says 2-8 weeks is totally normal.

I remember reading that when I had my ds, and I was like...just watch, I'll be one of those "8 week" moms. Yup, I was.

This time, I don't think it will last as long, but I'm 2 weeks pp now and while it's lighter, it's still there.

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