When should i stop bleeding after birth?

Congratulations on bringing a new life into this world! Now that the baby is here, you may be wondering when it’s safe to stop bleeding after birth. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered with all the information and humor you need.

The Beginning of Postpartum Bleeding

At first, postpartum bleeding (also called lochia) will be heavy and bright red in color. This usually lasts for the first few days after giving birth.

Just Like A Period…Kind Of

After those initial days are over, your lochia should start to lighten up and turn brownish or pinkish in color. It’s similar to having a period but also kind of like cleaning out an old closet – except there wasn’t really anything in there to begin with…

Let’s Talk About Clots, Baby!

While most clots are normal post-birth experiences brought on by hormonal changes, if they’re larger than golf-ball size or persistently flowing out heavily then do see a doctor right away.

Heavy Flow and Blood Loss Risk Factors

Excessive blood loss can cause complications such as anemia which makes daily activities very difficult even when taking supplements regularly.

When To Worry About Blood Loss?

If you feel dizzy or lightheaded while standing from your seated position quickly then notify someone immediately. Over 500 ml / 16 ounces is typically considered excessive blood loss.

Risk Factors For Excessive Blood Loss:

Here are some situations where excessive blood loss risk factors increase:

  • Pre-existing medical condition
  • C-section delivery
  • Delivering twins
  • Use of Forceps Or Vacuum Extraction tools during delivery
  • Long Labor Time leading up to delivery
  • Previous history of significant blood loss/prevalent family history thereof

It’s okay to seek medical help as needed. In the meantime, here are some basic tips for when you find yourself asking, “When will I stop bleeding after birth?”

Good Diet & Adequate Fluid Intake

Increasing food recovery rates whilst also enhancing collagen production go a long way in restarting regular menstrual cycles sooner than later with less blood loss. Avoid junk food and focus on critical nutrients such as fruits high in vitamin C, surprisingly great sources of iron including chicken liver (if that sounds terrible just take note spinach is an equally useful source) and leafy greens such kale, collard greens or even green beans!

Keeping adequately hydrated can greatly reduce heavy blood flow by aiding good circulation through veins leading up to uterus.


Iron supplementation may be prescribed by your healthcare provider since it speed ups recuperation while reducing anemia risk especially if you had severe blood loss at childbirth.

Vitamin K supplementaion should come into play when there isn’t enough of clotting factors available making post-birth clot formation arduous.

Whatever you do don’t reach out to Dr Google.

Trust your health care provider instead they have many years of specialized training make use of their knowledge base while validating what Dr.Google says.

Keep Your Vagina Happy!

Consider using large maternity pads’, which will not only capture all discharge but are typically more absorbent suitable for increased volume covering a larger surface area over time acting like extended leak protectors. Don’t forget comfortable underwear; preferably cotton against sensitive skin – unless horrific heat rash in winter doesn’t sound totally unappealing….

Loose clothing promotes better air circulation allowing quicker drying thus preventing stinky bacterial incubation – think sweatpants not skinny jeans.

In conclusion, postpartum bleeding is normal after delivering a baby – however excessive bleeding during this period shouldn’t be ignored or taken lightly! Play a preventative role before the fact by having proper prenatal care aimed at risk reduction plus a healthcare team prior to delivering who are familiar with your medical history.

As stated before, there are naturally effective ways and adequate medical treatment within reach for avoiding unnecessary complications when dealing with postpartum bleeding. Just remember, healing from childbirth is not essential or normal by any means so why endure it longer than necessary?

Cheers to a happy recovery!

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