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Bleeding After A C-Section


There is always bleeding after C-Section Surgery. It's referred to as Lochia Bleeding.

In fact the amount of Lochia bleeding is about the same as it is after a vaginal birth.

Blood flow is usually heavier immediately after your c-section and continues for about 4-5 days. Your bleeding will taper off and get lighter after about 10-12 days.

Typically bleeding lasts about 3-4 weeks in total but can go for as long as 6 weeks.

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Normal Vs. Not Normal Bleeding after C-Section Surgery

At first you will experience bright red bleeding that should taper off to a pinkish color, then a brownish-yellow until it stops.

If you notice that you are passing small blood clots don't be alarmed, this is often normal. If the clots are larger than a golf ball, this is NOT normal and you should contact your doctor right away.

If there are days where you have little to no bleeding but then start bleeding heavier again, this is generally an indication that you are doing too much or over-exerting yourself and is a clear sign that you need to stop what you are doing and take it easy for a few days.

If you experience uncontrollable, heavy bleeding which could be categorized as soaking a towel in the span of about an hour or you completely soak several pads within a few hours, call your doctor immediately. Damage to major blood vessels can be a serious complication and uncontrollable bleeding is a sign there is a problem. I would suggest that  any heavy bleeding that concerns you is a good reason to call your doctor.

Don't use tampons while you are bleeding during your c-section recovery. Tampons can harbor bacteria which wil lead to an infection while healing, so avoid using them until your body has completely healed.

Getting Your Menstrual Cycle Back After Your C-Section

After your body has healed from the surgery and all the bleeding has stopped, you may be wondering when you'll begin your next period again. This can take anywhere from 45 days to 3 months.

If you are breastfeeding it will take longer. Breastfeeding can slow down the production of some hormones causing a delay of your period for 12 weeks or maybe more.

Also beware that a woman can still ovulate during this time of no bleeding, so keep that in mind if getting pregnant again is a concern.

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