Postpartum vaginal bleeding will be normal as your uterus returns to its normal size and position in your pelvis. Though the placenta is delivered after your newborn, there is still an evacuation of your inner uterine wall, which can take up to 6 weeks.
- Whether you have a C-section or vaginal delivery, you will usually have vaginal bleeding for 4-6 weeks. It is common to have a lightening of bleeding for a few days followed by a flow increase for a few days, corresponding to the involution of your uterus.
- It will be normal to have small clots pass, preferably no bigger than coins.
- It may be normal to not have a regular menses, after the initial vaginal bleeding, while you are breast feeding. It is also normal for women to begin regular menstrual cycles 6 weeks after delivery.
- You should use pads not tampons during the initial 6 weeks after delivery for personal hygiene; any of the long, overnight or highly absorbent pads will work for your postpartum period.
Postpartum Vaginal Bleeding Warning Signs
- If you soak a sanitary pad in less than 1-2 hours
- If you pass clots that are bigger than a golf ball
- If you find you are lightheaded or dizzy
Call us immediately if these signs occur or you are unsure about your bleeding normalcy.