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Bleeding after delivery

Bleeding after delivery


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Postpartum bleeding is a natural process of cleansing the uterine cavity. Necessary on the way of the body's return to functioning before pregnancy. Occurs both after delivery by nature and by Caesarean section. However, in the latter case, the bleeding is usually less heavy and the faeces are excreted for a shorter time: about 2-3 weeks.

What are postnatal excretions?

Postpartum feces appear just after delivery. At first he creates them bloody discharge, fragments of the inner layer of the uterus, mucus, fetal membranes. Initially, they have a blood-red color, with time their color changes: through pink, yellow and grayish.

The excretion of postpartum is accompanied by abdominal cramps, reminiscent of menstruation. They are more painful during breastfeeding. After attaching the baby to the breast, major bleeding is observed, which forces the foundation to change.

How are the faeces changing?

Feces are excreted most intensively right after delivery in the first two days. For 3 to 7 days the discharge is dark red and is accompanied by blood clots. At this stage, the discharge is similar to menstruation, except that it is more abundant than menstrual bleeding. In the following days, the faeces change color to pink and yellow.

1-3 days after delivery: bloody faeces
end of week 1: brown blood
end of week 2: dirty yellow
end of week 3: gray and white
after 4-6 weeks: feces disappear

Breastfeeding shortens the period of contraction of the uterus and the time of bleeding in the puerperium. Less heavy bleeding after delivery is also observed after the procedure uterine cysts.

When should postpartum bleeding end?

Postpartum droppings should disappear at the end of the postpartum period, i.e. around 5-6 weeks after delivery.

Intimate hygiene in the puerperium

Intimate hygiene in the puerperium is particularly important. The wound is open exposed to infection. Bacteria may be present in the faeces, which rapidly multiply in a humid environment.



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