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bleeding returned after 6 weeks

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paperclips Tue 06-Nov-12 23:26:51


I had my baby nearly 6 weeks ago ( had epesiotomy). I bled for about 3 weeks not particularly heavy. In the last few days bleeding has restarted, quite bright red though not especially heavy- about as heavy as if I were a few days into a period. I'm exclusively breast-feeding so it can't be a period can it?

Anyone else had this?

FadBook Tue 06-Nov-12 23:38:24

Despite breastfeeding your periods can return.

However, go and get checked by midwife or GP. The stopping and restarting could indicate retained placenta. Please see someone, I found this out at 8 weeks even though bleeding is normal until around 6/7 weeks. Best to get checked out to reassure yourself.

Runningblue Tue 06-Nov-12 23:52:43

Hi paper clips, had a recurrence of bleeding just as you describe. Turned out I had a post partum infection and had to have antibiotics. As fad says, well worth getting checked out by gp...

MrsSpencerReid Tue 06-Nov-12 23:54:13

Deff get checked out, however, I got my periods back 6 weeks to the day sad (not ff)

rogersmellyonthetelly Wed 07-Nov-12 16:53:16

Me too, 6 weeks pp and I got my period despite ebf.

GrangeMouth Wed 07-Nov-12 17:10:43

Definitely get it checked out.

I started to bleed again at about 6 weeks after bleeding lightly for three weeks after birth. I had had problems delivering the placenta so they had to manually remove it. However it was a tricky operation and they didn't manage to get it all. I went to the doc at about 8 weeks who prescribed antibiotics but as the bleeding was getting worse I went for a scan and they found a mass of retained placenta about the size of a fist and had to do an emergency ERPC.

It may just be your period but I'd keep an eye on it and see the doc if you have any worries.

FadBook Wed 07-Nov-12 20:18:17

Ditto Grangemouths i had ERPC (evacuation of retained products of conception used to be called d&c) ) also following manual removal of placenta after birth. Bloody nightmare as was very reluctant to leave dd but couldn't take her to the hospital. Ended up breastfeeding her on the carpark at 6.40am and in the corridor when I came round from GA as she wouldn't take a bottle grin

OP not trying to scare you, but think its safe say go and get checked out, it's probably nothing but best be sure.

GrangeMouth Thu 08-Nov-12 13:51:28

That's interesting Fad. I had a bit of a strop and said that I wouldn't be having the operation unless my DS could be in hospital with me as I was admitted for about a day and a half and I had just conquered breastfeeding.

They gave me a private room with a cot for DS who was 11wo so it can be done.

Fingers crossed that it's nothing more than your period.

GrangeMouth Thu 08-Nov-12 13:53:02

p.s. plus the nurses were VERY keen to make sure I was ok (I think they just wanted a play with my son, can't imagine they get many babies in obs & gynae)

FadBook Thu 08-Nov-12 16:20:56

grange I had a serious nightmare trying to get them agree to bring dd in. I had the infant feeding team making phone calls for me and putting my case forward but to no avail. The message was "give her a bottle" and when my argument was that she wouldn't take one, the response was "she will if you're not around.." hmm

The reasons given were that the ward (which was a day ward) was susceptible to bugs due to people being in and out (nature of the ward) and they were trying to reduce the number of infections. Basically implying that it wasn't a place for a baby and quote "if it was my baby i wouldn't bring her in"...

The issue was that I was no longer under "maternity" but under "gyno" so was treated as a 'normal' outpatient who wouldn't be allowed a child with them and they weren't prepared to wheel me over to maternity ward for post op care. I could see the logistics of this but it didn't help me at the time.

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