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Bleeding after birth, how long?

(16 Posts)
TotorosOcarina Wed 08-Jun-11 21:34:28

DS is a month old today and am still bleeding.

Just wondering when I can expect it to stop?

nearlytherenow Wed 08-Jun-11 21:47:29

mine took 5 weeks to stop this time and about 7 last time.

Marne Wed 08-Jun-11 21:48:55

8 weeks after dd1 and 3 weeks after dd2.

NonnoMum Wed 08-Jun-11 21:49:20

Congrats on your baby.

I think about 6 weeks on average...

ThatllDoPig Wed 08-Jun-11 21:49:44

Over by six week check more or less.

MrsTittleMouse Wed 08-Jun-11 21:49:45

Just over 6 weeks for me. I have found out since that it was probably because I was doing too much - have you been "being really good" and running around doing stuff? Don't be shy about resting with your feet up and doing only just enough to look after you and the baby. Stuff the housework! smile

TotorosOcarina Wed 08-Jun-11 21:50:04

urgh, 7-8 weeks? sad

it was 2 weeks with DD, I can't remember with my others.

Am fed up of it now

FetchTheMaid Wed 08-Jun-11 21:53:01

Clears up really quickly if breastfeeding - mostly gone within a week for me and when I didn't breastfeed it was about a month

MrsTittleMouse Wed 08-Jun-11 22:10:51

Not always - I breastfed both of mine exclusively and still bled for ages. And my periods came back quickly too - I was most annoyed.

ng1412 Thu 09-Jun-11 09:45:22

3 weeks (am bf) but have a lovely UTI that wont' go away - would rather be bleeding still TBH envy

runnyeggsareyummy Thu 09-Jun-11 16:21:53

7 weeks and EBF... Was mightly hacked off as was really heavy for a long time - was the worst bit about the whole thing (worse than EMCS!)! It does stop eventually though!

sc2987 Thu 09-Jun-11 20:28:10

10 days actual blood, 6 weeks the lochia alba. I EBF.

gourd Fri 10-Jun-11 09:25:06

I have read that it is considered normal to bleed for anything from 1 to 6 weeks. I think a lot depends on the original position of the placenta and where exactly it was attached. See your midwife or GP if you are worried. I only bled for 1 week and only the first 2 days were heavy enough to need a maternity towel for absorbency - after that it seemed to be just a very light deposit of brown lochia stuff, so I tried normal towels, but quickly realised that the reason maternity towels are so thick is for the comfortable padding more than anything else!

sugarsnappea Fri 10-Jun-11 18:46:17

I wondered the same thing too, I hadn't discovered mumsnet yet and thought it would all be fine - and then haemorrhaged at 6 weeks (retained products) kept bleeding heavily until about 12 weeks. I am really used to ignoring things and hoping they'll sort themselves out I wish I'd just chatted to my GP or a midwife earlier.

Hatespinkcantcook Sat 11-Jun-11 20:15:59

I breastfed and bled for 6 weeks and had a period 2 weeks after that was very annoying

ShowOfHands Sat 11-Jun-11 20:19:06

6-7 weeks (ebf), then had a month off before my periods returned.

6 weeks is average/normal iirc.

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