Lochia is vaginal discharge during the postpartum period.
(The term comes from a Greek word that means “relating to childbirth.”) It consists of blood, tissue shed from the lining of the uterus, and bacteria.
By about ten days after the birth, you should have only a small amount of white or yellow-white discharge.
What color should your discharge be after giving birth?
After your baby is born, your body gets rid of the blood and tissue that was inside your uterus. This is called vaginal discharge or lochia. For the first few days, it’s heavy, bright red and may contain blood clots. Over time, the flow gets less and lighter in color.
How long should discharge last after giving birth?
Lochia serosa typically winds down after about two weeks, although for some women it can last from four to even six weeks postpartum. You might notice that the flow will be heavier when you’ve been physically active.
Is it normal to have yellow discharge after having a baby?
A slightly yellow discharge without odor may also be perfectly normal. However, if you have green or yellow discharge that has a foul smell, it is possible that you have a vaginal infection. One of the most common infections during pregnancy is a yeast infection.
How do you know if you have an infection after birth?
The most common signs or postpartum infection symptom or signs observable when there are postpartum infections are: Too much bleeding or hemorrhage discharge from the vagina. Foul smell coming out from the vagina. Little or no bleeding after delivery is a potential problem as well.
Does Lochia have a smell?
Lochia is the vaginal discharge you have after a vaginal delivery. It has a stale, musty odor like menstrual discharge. From about the seventh to tenth day through the fourteenth day after delivery, the lochia is creamy or yellowish in color.
When can I take newborn out?
But it’s best to avoid large, crowded, enclosed places with poor ventilation (like the mall) until your baby is 6 to 8 weeks, which limits her exposure to airborne germs that could be dangerous for her immature immune system.
Is foul smelling Lochia normal?
The lochia is sterile for the first 2-3 days but then becomes colonised by bacteria giving off a typical lochial smell which is normal and should not be confused with the bad odor from lochia in postpartum infection.
Does giving birth make you loose?
The vagina naturally changes after giving birth, and might feel wider, dry or sore for some time. Find out what to expect and the ways you can help speed up recovery. After having a baby, it’s not unusual for women to feel their vagina is more loose or dry than usual, and have perineal pain or pain during sex.
How do you know when Lochia is finished?
You’ll see the difference in the color as this starts to happen, from red to pink, then brown, and finally to a yellowish white. Lochia should stop flowing around four to six weeks after delivery, though it can end sooner or later depending on the woman and the pregnancy.
Does Lochia turn yellow?
Lochia serosa is the term for lochia that has thinned and turned brownish or pink in color. Lochia alba (or purulenta) is the name for lochia once it has turned whitish or yellowish-white. It typically lasts from the second through the third to sixth weeks after delivery.
Does breastfeeding cause more discharge?
Lochia is a type of vaginal discharge you may experience in the weeks after delivering a baby. When you breastfeed, this discharge may increase in volume. Lochia generally stops four to six weeks after you have your baby.
How can I satisfy my husband after having a baby?
Below are five simple steps you and your spouse can take to keep the romance alive, after you have a child.
- 1. Make a date, and stick to it.
- Take a romantic stroll during your child’s nap.
- Show your affection, “just because.”
- Give your partner the day off.
- Take five minutes to connect each day.
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