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Bleeding post birth

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cookiemonster5678 Mon 10-Feb-14 06:17:25

How long does bleeding generally last after giving birth?

I had my baby 3 weeks ago. Bleeding seemed to reduce day by day, gradually going from red to pink to brown. Now it has gone bright red again, is this normal?

LoveBeingCantThinkOfAName Mon 10-Feb-14 06:19:48

It happened to me, if you are worried call your mw.

Wishihadabs Mon 10-Feb-14 06:26:01

Perfectly normal, up to six weeks. Have you been overdoing things ? A couple of medical questions; does it smell offensive ? Do you have pain and or fever ? If so it could indicate an infection. What type of birth did you have ?

cookiemonster5678 Mon 10-Feb-14 06:28:26

There is no smell, pain or fever. I had a forceps delivery.

Bumpiemalumpie Mon 10-Feb-14 06:29:23

I was told it could continue up to 6/8 weeks peaking and dropping along the way. I was just told to keep an eye out for clotting!

mine goes up and down depending on feeding habits of lo!

Wishihadabs Mon 10-Feb-14 06:34:35

Well I would try to have a quiet day( if you can allowing for school runs etc) it's a wound like anywhere else on your body and it won't heal if it's jigging about (v. Technical term). If you feel well in yourself I would see how it goes. A bit of red blood is nothing to worry about, you shouldn't be needing to change pads more than every 2-3 hrs at this stage. Oh and congratulations smile)

amandine07 Mon 10-Feb-14 06:36:03

I had baby 5 weeks ago- this happened to me, especially as my physical activities increased/decreased. Kept thinking it was almost done then it would increase again!

Definitely contact your midwife if you're concerned eg fever, abdominal pain or feeling generally unwell.

amandine07 Mon 10-Feb-14 06:37:10

Congratulations on new baby! grin

OneMoreThenNoMore Mon 10-Feb-14 06:40:14

I had forceps deliveries and bled for 6 weeks each time. The bleeding would increase and become a brighter red whenever I over exerted myself. Try to take it easy for a day or two to see if it subsides; if you're still not happy, speak to your midwife/GP.

Congratulations! thanks

Frizz1986 Mon 10-Feb-14 15:05:39

I am 7 weeks pp and still bleed. I have told my health visitor and gp and neither seems bothered and said it can take up to 8 weeks. Mine has stayed red the whole time and cant wait for it to finish.

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