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How long post birth bleeding?

(24 Posts)
1978andallthat Mon 07-Jan-13 22:24:40

Midwife seemed to suggest it should have tailed off by now (week after birth) but is still like a medium-heavy period.

Notquitegrownup Mon 07-Jan-13 22:30:17

I bled for a month after ds1 - got pretty anaemic but otherwise fine.

NoodieRoodie Mon 07-Jan-13 22:30:20

weeks and weeks in my case!!!

Honestly about 3-4 weeks and heavier than anything I'd ever experienced but I've always had very light periods

My heavy bleeding stopped at about 12 days. The bleeding completely stopped in the past. 2-3 days and ds was 4 weeks on sat.

PogoBob Mon 07-Jan-13 22:41:33

DS is a week old today and bleeding has pretty much stopped.

Seem to remember that it was around 2 weeks with DD but believe it can go on a lot longer for some people.

BinarySolo Tue 08-Jan-13 07:36:30

It was about 4 weeks for me. I had the coil fitted within that time which tbh I think made things worse. Normal periods started back immediately too despite exclusively bf.

Jakeyblueblue Tue 08-Jan-13 09:12:58

About 4 weeks and even then I had a little spotting up to six weeks smile

Seeline Tue 08-Jan-13 09:17:38

I bled for 6 weeks with both mine; with my first I'd only just stoppped by my 8 week check. My GP did send me for a scan before then to check all was OK which it was. Neither were 'light spotting', but after the first couple of weeks which were heavy, changed to a normal medium-like period.

bonzo77 Tue 08-Jan-13 09:22:00

On and off for about 4 weeks. Both times. Both CSs. I think I was told to expect up to 6 weeks and only to worry if I had clots or if it was heavier than just sporting at my 6 week check.

NAR4 Tue 08-Jan-13 10:32:37

With my first 3 I was still bleeding like a heavy period at my 6 week check, even though they were breastfed and I was told this tends to stop the bleeding quicker. My GP wasn't concerned as there were no clots and told me to go back at 8 weeks if it was still the same, but it had tailed of to that horrid watery stuff by then.

Hai1988 Wed 09-Jan-13 18:27:33

Lasted about 6 weeks for me

neolara Wed 09-Jan-13 18:28:40

About 7 weeks all 3 times.

dietcokeandwine Wed 09-Jan-13 18:39:46

Between 6 and 8 weeks for me with both of mine. Periods of heavier and lighter bleeding during this time. Envious of anyone who had all bleeding over and done with within a week!

Eletheomel Wed 09-Jan-13 18:51:55

I was probably very heavy for the first week, then reasonably heavy through weeks 2-4, with lighter spotting until week 6 (longest period in the world - reckon it's payback for getting 9 months 'menstruation free' :-)

Emsyboo Wed 09-Jan-13 20:00:14

I bled for 6 weeks but had retained placenta so only stopped after a D&C stopped 2 days after that.
Apparently my Mum was the same but cleared itself in about 6-7 weeks I kept getting infections so needed the D&C
It's horrible isn't it make sure you don't get anaemic take vitamins or they will give you horrid iron tablets x

RightUpMyRue Wed 09-Jan-13 20:03:44

I bled for 9 weeks after DD. First couple of weeks were heavy.

AmayaBuzzbee Wed 09-Jan-13 20:10:05

I had a section. Heavy bleeding 3-4 days, then light on/off bleeding and spotting till about the 6-week check-up.

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 09-Jan-13 20:16:49

16 weeks!

Gp said it was unusual but certainly not unheard of. I did lose alot of blood straight after the birth too.

Twattybollocks Wed 09-Jan-13 20:19:45

2 weeks as heavy as a period. Another 2 or 3 weeks with brown spotting and the occasional red gush when doing something active. Then 2 weeks of nothing followed by my sodding period, which went on for twice as long as normal.

ThedementedPenguin Wed 09-Jan-13 20:20:58

I bleed very heavy for 4 days then it lightened up but I bleed for nearly 6 weeks, stopped bleeding for a week then got a period for a week. Felt never ending!

Tallgiraffe Wed 09-Jan-13 20:24:48

5 weeks, with a 10 day break randomly. My midwife convinced me to carry on wearing pads and she was right!

Emsyboo Wed 09-Jan-13 21:53:41

Fanoftheinvisibleman 16 weeks! Bloody hell - excuse the pun!
Was it heavy all that time or did it get lighter? Poor you!

fanoftheinvisibleman Wed 09-Jan-13 22:07:26

It did get lighter just didn't stop.

My midwife kept commenting on my amazing iron level all the way through pregnancy and needless to say I ended up on iron tablets after the birth!

I was just on the bloodloss level classed as a haemorrage (sp) after the birth but nobody told me this till midwife visited at home.

Trouble is I thought what was happening was normal so like an idiot didn't mention it! I had a bath following delivery that looked like a shark attack so emptied and refilled and same happened again...just looked like bathing in blood. I decided to get out and ended up making place look like a crime scene! Midwife kept knocking on the door to check I was ok as had been ages but as fast as I was cleaning up I was leaving more pools! I kept saying I was fine as I thought it happened to everyone and I finally managed to clean it all up so they never knew! If they bloodloss they knew of was borderline god knows what I actually lost! They had to put 3 maternity pads on at once in end!

I have since been diagnosed with suspected endometriosis so that could be relevant!

Emsyboo Thu 10-Jan-13 20:30:03

Aw bless you
That is the problem you do think it is normal
I had pains and everyone just said well what do you expect you've just had a baby so I assumed it was normal - it wasn't and I ended up in A&E 8 days after DS was born with a uterine infection that had spread to my kidneys.
Same happened at 4 weeks and I hadn't had any break in heavy bleeding and doctor told me it was my period!
I didn't use mn back then but glad to hear of other peoples experiences to gauge what is at least on the normal chart as no one tells you anything!

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