I'm wondering the same thing... I am 2 weeks postpartum today and I am still bleeding but the blood is now dark and stringy and there is a really strong nasty smell (sorry tmi) I am going to go to the doctors tomorrow every time I think iv finished bleeding it comes back and it isn't like one of my normal periods x
I bled for 8 weeks, it was like a super heavy period, with one massive clot. It slowed down to like a normal period at about 5 weeks. But i think I was one of the unlucky ones for bleeding for so long.
I didn't have a c-section so can't comment specifically on bleeding post section. I remember the midwife saying to me as long as you aren't passing clots larger than a 50p and not filling a maternity pad in an hour or less they don't tend to worry. It started and stopped for me and I had the gushing thing (that's why the midwife told me about when to seek help, big clots really pouring). The smell thing is quite normal, the midwife said to me "yes it smells like a butchers" it's gross but her description was pretty accurate. I bled for about 3 weeks both times.
I bled for about 4 weeks, it got lighter as the weeks went on. The last week was like the last day of a period, very light and brownish colour. I was so glad when it stopped and I could put the nappy-like maternity towels away!!
I do have a bit but midwife is satisfied that it’s healing normally. It seems less gushy than before, I honestly think it was my uterus going back down that squashed all the blood out - sorry to those eating and reading
I had EMCS and my bleeding lasted around 10 weeks. At some points it was really heavy and I had some fresh blood at times. I did get an infection around week 8 but was told the fresh blood didn’t mean it wasn’t healing right
Lochia goes through three stages starting off as fresh red blood, and becoming brownish and then pinky. Some women also get a white / creamy discharge and that's normal also. Lochia can change from pinkish back to red and small gushes can be normal, particularly if breastfeeding as this will cause the uterus to contract.
There isn't any set time for bleeding to have stopped by as all women are different. If there is an offensive smell you should see the GP as this could indicate infection. If passing clots bigger than a 50p speak to you midwife and if bleeding becomes heavy, soaking through pads etc, seek immediate help.
Don't forget you will also get your period again, unless exclusively breastfeeding, and so this may cause a change in postnatal blood loss.
If you are concerned at all speak to your midwife.