I had my c section on 08/08/11 and I'm still bleeding bright red blood with clots... Is this normal? I have read that the blood should become darker within 2 weeks. When should you start to worry about the bleeding?
I had mine on the same day as you! Still bleeding, blood dark red, not brown/pink though as it was by now after last section, some small clots. It has decreased a lot in the past week though. I know that lochia can be heavier after a section, and last time a found my bleeding came and went for about six weeks. Pehaps just call mw/gp if concerned, especially if blood is bright red. Hope all's okay though.
About 6 weeks for me. Also kept waning and then coming back, oddly, which I was a little concerned about. All turned out fine. As others have said, if you're not sure call someone. I did. Lovely isn't it? I naively wasn't expectiing to bleed after a CS, what an idiot!
I bled for about 6 weeks with all 3 of mine - I would find that the blood would come back redder if I did too much. So even a walk to the shops could make the bleeding heavier even when it had been brown and light before hand. so make sure you're not doing too much
I never even used up my one and only pack of maternity pads. They must have removed every bit of membrane they could because by day 3 I only had a light pink discharge.
Has your community midwife said anything about that level of bleeding? Two weeks of heavy bleeding sounds like quite a lot to me- probably enough to make you anaemic. Are you still taking pregnancy iron and vitamins?
My EMCS and ELCS were about 6 weeks until it really stopped.
titfer AFAIK it's best to use maternity pads to start with as it's easier to monitor blood loss but it's ok to change to normal pads once it's slowing down. IIRC I used maternity pads for 1-2 weeks then sanitary towels.
I bled heavily for less than a week, and then lightly and on and off for another 2. I think I got off lightly though! I've still got several packs of pads for "next time". Just used normal pads for the first week, then Always Normal Long pantyliners after that in the day and pads at night. Didn't use the maternity pads cos not sure if they had wings and I wanted wings! Also used the long pantyliners stuck to the front of my knickers to catch the little bit of fluid coming out of my scar. You're not meant to use tampons cos your cervix is still a bit open and there is a risk of infection.