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Lochia - How long after the birth should it be going on for?

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Lazylou Sat 26-Jul-08 16:51:11

I had DS 6 weeks ago and was expecting to be bleeding for at least this time afterwards. However, about 3 weeks ago, the bleeding had slowed right down and continued to do so, right up until last weekend when it gave way to some discharge which resembled a show. This then slowed down over a couple of days until yesterday when I noticed that I had started to bleed again. Is this normal? Should I go and get it checked out? It's not bleeding like a period, more like a browny, old blood kind of colour. There isn't much of it, but it is enough to warrant sanitary pads again.

JackieNo Sat 26-Jul-08 16:53:31

Could it be linked to being more active? Had you been for a long walk, or carried some heavy shopping home? I bled for around 8 weeks both times, and it got heavier when I did more, and lighter if I was just sitting around (chance would be a fine thing, eh?).

Hannah81 Sat 26-Jul-08 16:54:28

mine was like this too.
i don't think its anything to worry about unless you have clots or its smelly.

Hannah81 Sat 26-Jul-08 16:55:23

mine got worse too when i did more strenuous activity

Lazylou Sat 26-Jul-08 16:55:30

It could be. I have been more active since having DS than I ever was before, but haven't really overdone it anymore than that in the last week or so.

minouminou Sat 26-Jul-08 17:03:54

mine carried on for 10 (yes, 10) weeks, and although it trailed off in the last few weeks, it did vary in colour and intensity at times - although i can't remember if it was related to activity
like hannah 81 said - if it's not offensive etc, don't worry

Hannah81 Sat 26-Jul-08 17:17:54

yes, i remember being told by the midwife, if its REALLY heave then get it checked - and about it smelling or clots.

BuwchBywiog Sat 26-Jul-08 17:34:48

I got admitted over night a few weeks after birth because mine restarted, my own fault for overdoing things after a section but after coming home I realised that it was quite common. If you're worried though talk to a midwife or a GP x

MrsTittleMouse Sat 26-Jul-08 21:37:33

My bleeding went on for just over six weeks and in retrospect it was because I did far too much. I would highly recommend that you slow down and rest (not easy I know!), and if you get any kind of strange smell or clots then you get it checked out.

33k Sat 26-Jul-08 21:43:17

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missmollymoo Sat 26-Jul-08 21:45:51

Mine went on and off again for around 2-3 months. Spent a bloody fortune on pads!

babyOcho Sat 26-Jul-08 21:51:19

Lou - mine stopped for a bit and then restarted when I over did it a bit. I did totally stop after about 6 weeks though. There was hardly anything towards the end and I used liners for a few days.

When it restarted I was doing a little more... walking up and down the stairs because I kept forgetting stuff.

If it doesn't smell right (ok, not that it smells right anyway!), go and get it checked out.

ScottishMummy Sat 26-Jul-08 22:02:56

if the smell/volume/amount of pads used changes see your gp. i bled for @7wk

AbstractMouse Sat 26-Jul-08 22:07:15

I was gonna say it smells a bit icky anyway <has a flashback to hospital> Mine lasted about 7 weeks both times, and I also had the wierdness of a random dried clot coming away about 2 weeks after the end of bleeding with dd. Had the stopping for a couple of days then starting again too.

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