Immediately after your baby has been born, you will start to experience a bloody discharge from your vagina called lochia. Lochia is made up of any debris, uterine lining or any bacteria left over from a delivery. All women will experience this bleeding regardless of how they delivered their babies, whether by a vaginal birth or c-section birth.
During the first 4 days you will usually experience bright red, heavy bleeding that is sometimes accompanied by clots. During this stage of the bleeding, you may find you are changing your pad quite often or find that your flow is heavier after you have breastfed or baby or have done any sort of physical activity such as going for a walk. You should always be paying attention to the colour and smell of your flow. If it is foul smelling or greenish in colour, this may indicate that you have an infection and you should consult with your doctor.
Also, it is important to note how often you are changing a pad. If you find you are soaking a pad, front to back in less than an hour or pass clots larger than a golf ball, this also needs to be brought to the attention of a doctor as you may be experiencing a postpartum hemorrhage or could have retained placenta.
Once the heavy bleeding is done, you will then experience your bleeding becoming lighter and the colour is more pink instead of a deep red. This can last up to 10 days after the birth. You will notice that as time goes on your flow becomes lighter and the colours can change from a deep red in the beginning to a lighter pink to a yellow or white discharge.
Bleeding can last for 6 weeks and in some cases up to 8 weeks.
If you have any concerns regarding your bleeding, please consult a doctor as soon as possible.