Postpartum Bleeding

Your body is still changing even after birth. Women experiencing postpartum bleeding can be reassured this is normal. The team at Banner Health is here to provide comprehensive care as well as answer any postpartum bleeding questions you may have.

What Is Postpartum Bleeding?

Postpartum bleeding, also known as lochia, occurs after giving birth as your body is getting rid of excess blood, mucus and tissue that developed as you grew your baby. Postpartum bleeding can be heavy the first few days after birth but should get lighter during the weeks following.

What to Expect during Postpartum Bleeding

Postpartum bleeding will occur after birth and last for about 10 days, but expect light bleeding for about six weeks after birth. If you are moving around a lot, you may bleed more due to the movement. If your postpartum bleeding does not lighten up, reach out to your doctor as you may be experiencing postpartum hemorrhage.

Postpartum hemorrhage can cause changes in your blood pressure if you’re losing a lot of blood. Call your doctor or 911 if you’re experiencing any of these postpartum hemorrhage symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Large blood clots
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Uncontrollable bleeding

Postpartum Bleeding and Hemorrhage Diagnosis

Your doctor can determine whether you have postpartum hemorrhage or postpartum bleeding based on your symptoms. If you are experiencing the postpartum hemorrhage symptoms listed above, your doctor can help determine next steps and treatments to ensure a full recovery.

Postpartum Bleeding Treatment and Support

While you cannot prevent or stop postpartum bleeding, there are a few ways to manage postpartum bleeding. You can make yourself more comfortable during this time by:

  • Minimizing movement
  • Using pads, not tampons, to reduce the introduction of bacteria
  • Ensuring your body has enough fluids

The highly trained healthcare professionals at Banner Health are here to help you during this time in your pregnancy. If you have any questions or concerns during postpartum bleeding, reach out to Banner. We’re here to help.