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How long post birth bleeding?

(24 Posts)
Emsyboo Thu 10-Jan-13 20:30:03

Aw bless you
That is the problem you do think it is normal
I had pains and everyone just said well what do you expect you've just had a baby so I assumed it was normal - it wasn't and I ended up in A&E 8 days after DS was born with a uterine infection that had spread to my kidneys.
Same happened at 4 weeks and I hadn't had any break in heavy bleeding and doctor told me it was my period!
I didn't use mn back then but glad to hear of other peoples experiences to gauge what is at least on the normal chart as no one tells you anything!

It did get lighter just didn't stop.

My midwife kept commenting on my amazing iron level all the way through pregnancy and needless to say I ended up on iron tablets after the birth!

I was just on the bloodloss level classed as a haemorrage (sp) after the birth but nobody told me this till midwife visited at home.

Trouble is I thought what was happening was normal so like an idiot didn't mention it! I had a bath following delivery that looked like a shark attack so emptied and refilled and same happened again...just looked like bathing in blood. I decided to get out and ended up making place look like a crime scene! Midwife kept knocking on the door to check I was ok as had been ages but as fast as I was cleaning up I was leaving more pools! I kept saying I was fine as I thought it happened to everyone and I finally managed to clean it all up so they never knew! If they bloodloss they knew of was borderline god knows what I actually lost! They had to put 3 maternity pads on at once in end!

I have since been diagnosed with suspected endometriosis so that could be relevant!

Emsyboo Wed 09-Jan-13 21:53:41

Fanoftheinvisibleman 16 weeks! Bloody hell - excuse the pun!
Was it heavy all that time or did it get lighter? Poor you!

Tallgiraffe Wed 09-Jan-13 20:24:48

5 weeks, with a 10 day break randomly. My midwife convinced me to carry on wearing pads and she was right!

ThedementedPenguin Wed 09-Jan-13 20:20:58

I bleed very heavy for 4 days then it lightened up but I bleed for nearly 6 weeks, stopped bleeding for a week then got a period for a week. Felt never ending!

Twattybollocks Wed 09-Jan-13 20:19:45

2 weeks as heavy as a period. Another 2 or 3 weeks with brown spotting and the occasional red gush when doing something active. Then 2 weeks of nothing followed by my sodding period, which went on for twice as long as normal.

16 weeks!

Gp said it was unusual but certainly not unheard of. I did lose alot of blood straight after the birth too.

AmayaBuzzbee Wed 09-Jan-13 20:10:05

I had a section. Heavy bleeding 3-4 days, then light on/off bleeding and spotting till about the 6-week check-up.

RightUpMyRue Wed 09-Jan-13 20:03:44

I bled for 9 weeks after DD. First couple of weeks were heavy.

Emsyboo Wed 09-Jan-13 20:00:14

I bled for 6 weeks but had retained placenta so only stopped after a D&C stopped 2 days after that.
Apparently my Mum was the same but cleared itself in about 6-7 weeks I kept getting infections so needed the D&C
It's horrible isn't it make sure you don't get anaemic take vitamins or they will give you horrid iron tablets x

Eletheomel Wed 09-Jan-13 18:51:55

I was probably very heavy for the first week, then reasonably heavy through weeks 2-4, with lighter spotting until week 6 (longest period in the world - reckon it's payback for getting 9 months 'menstruation free' :-)

dietcokeandwine Wed 09-Jan-13 18:39:46

Between 6 and 8 weeks for me with both of mine. Periods of heavier and lighter bleeding during this time. Envious of anyone who had all bleeding over and done with within a week!

neolara Wed 09-Jan-13 18:28:40

About 7 weeks all 3 times.

Hai1988 Wed 09-Jan-13 18:27:33

Lasted about 6 weeks for me

NAR4 Tue 08-Jan-13 10:32:37

With my first 3 I was still bleeding like a heavy period at my 6 week check, even though they were breastfed and I was told this tends to stop the bleeding quicker. My GP wasn't concerned as there were no clots and told me to go back at 8 weeks if it was still the same, but it had tailed of to that horrid watery stuff by then.

bonzo77 Tue 08-Jan-13 09:22:00

On and off for about 4 weeks. Both times. Both CSs. I think I was told to expect up to 6 weeks and only to worry if I had clots or if it was heavier than just sporting at my 6 week check.

Seeline Tue 08-Jan-13 09:17:38

I bled for 6 weeks with both mine; with my first I'd only just stoppped by my 8 week check. My GP did send me for a scan before then to check all was OK which it was. Neither were 'light spotting', but after the first couple of weeks which were heavy, changed to a normal medium-like period.

Jakeyblueblue Tue 08-Jan-13 09:12:58

About 4 weeks and even then I had a little spotting up to six weeks smile

BinarySolo Tue 08-Jan-13 07:36:30

It was about 4 weeks for me. I had the coil fitted within that time which tbh I think made things worse. Normal periods started back immediately too despite exclusively bf.

PogoBob Mon 07-Jan-13 22:41:33

DS is a week old today and bleeding has pretty much stopped.

Seem to remember that it was around 2 weeks with DD but believe it can go on a lot longer for some people.

My heavy bleeding stopped at about 12 days. The bleeding completely stopped in the past. 2-3 days and ds was 4 weeks on sat.

NoodieRoodie Mon 07-Jan-13 22:30:20

weeks and weeks in my case!!!

Honestly about 3-4 weeks and heavier than anything I'd ever experienced but I've always had very light periods

Notquitegrownup Mon 07-Jan-13 22:30:17

I bled for a month after ds1 - got pretty anaemic but otherwise fine.

1978andallthat Mon 07-Jan-13 22:24:40

Midwife seemed to suggest it should have tailed off by now (week after birth) but is still like a medium-heavy period.

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