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Postpartum question.(Lochia) 
17th-Jun-2008 03:28 pm [bleeding- post partum, post partum]
I delievered almost 4 weeks ago and i'm still bleeding.

At first it was heavy but normal dark red and then the middle of the second week it tapered off into the pink and brown as expected and had almost stopped completely. Then it got bright red again but hasn't been heavy at all. Just a continual bright red since week 2.

I called Labor & Delivery twice to ask nurses if i should be concerned and they told me just to take it easy. There is no reason to be worried unless i'm soaking pads.

Thing is, i'm taking it easy and have been. I take my little one for a walk once or twice a day for an hour but thats it. Besides that i'm feeding him or he's asleep on me.

I don't have an OB/GYN to call because he was the Pediatrician who botched his circumcision and i'm on Medicaid so most OB/GYN's only take that if you're pregnant, so i'm having trouble finding someone to even see me for my 6 week check up let alone answer a question.

From what i've read it says that these symptoms can mean that there still might be parts of the placenta inside and can only be determined by a physical exam.

Normal or reason for concern?
17th-Jun-2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
Your bleeding sounds within the realm of normal - lochia (post-partum bleeding) can last up to 8 weeks, with somewhere around 4-6 weeks being the norm.
17th-Jun-2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
I might be a little concerned. Although, just because it didn't happen to me with my first doesn't mean it can't be normal. The OB who delievered your baby should be the one doing the 6 week check up and you should be able to call him, even on medicaid.
17th-Jun-2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
The OB who delievered me was also to be my Pediatrician. He UBER screwed up my son's circumcision, we spent a nite in the ER because of it. Needless to say i really don't want anything to do with him or his practice anymore.
17th-Jun-2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oh, okay I guess I didn't read too well. That sucks. I looked at few websites and they too say that if it's not a lot, you really should not worry.

Could you maybe call medicaid and see about changing for your 6wk check-up/post needs?
17th-Jun-2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Maybe my experience was weird, but when I had a (very small) piece of the placenta left inside, it reeked to absolute high heaven. I ended up passing it naturally within a few days of birth, though.
17th-Jun-2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I agree with what's been said here, but want to add a couple of things. First, an hour long walk once or twice a day may simply just be a bit more than your body can handle right now. It's probably doesn't seem like a lot in the context of what you're used to doing, but I'd cut back on the walks for a couple of days and see if that helps.

I'd also call DSHS and find out just how long postpartum you'll be covered. If I recall it should be around 8 weeks so maybe you still have time to get into a different doc or an urgent care just to check up and make sure that everything is okay.
17th-Jun-2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
I bled for 6 or 7 weeks, then had a week reprieve, then started my menstrual cycle again. UNFAIR.

Anyway, sounds normal to me.

- donna
17th-Jun-2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Sounds like me! I bled for 6 weeks and got my period at 8 weeks pp!
17th-Jun-2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
I bled for 8 weeks, just like you are. My midwife said it was normal. I would suggest taking alfalfa supplements. They really helped me once I finally started taking them.
17th-Jun-2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
It's definitely normal to "still" be bleeding at 4 weeks. If your bleeding has taperd off and then comes back, it means you're doing too much- maybe the once or twice a day walks are too much for you right now.
17th-Jun-2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
It sounds normal to me, too. The walks may be a bit too much right now, so maybe wait until you are at the 6 week mark before starting walking again to give your body a break. Delivering a baby is a lot of work!
17th-Jun-2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
I noticed bleeding til the end of five weeks postpartum.
18th-Jun-2008 02:14 am (UTC)
I didn't stop bleeding for six weeks, it went from heavy red, light red, pink, brown, red, then a super bright orange, followed by no period for two months; I just recently had mine, and it's gone back to normal. Be aware, but not concerned, persay. Just keep an eye on things but it sounds normal :) I'd asked my doc about all of mine, and he said even the occasional twinge of pain I was feeling would be normal for at least the first six months. Hope that helps!
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