Skip to Content
Home > Your Health > Health and Wellness Library > Postpartum Bleeding
View Additional Section Content
Immediately after delivery, you will have a bloody
discharge (lochia) from the vagina. This will turn pinkish within a week and
become white or yellowish after about 10 days. Lochia may last for 4 to 6
weeks, but it should be less bloody after 2 weeks. It can come and go for about
Use pads, rather than tampons, during this time. If you
have a tear next to the vagina (perineal tear) or an
episiotomy that is healing, change the pad at least
every 4 hours to prevent irritation and infection.
Call your doctor
right away if you:
Don't be concerned if you pass occasional blood clots, as
long as they are smaller than a golf ball.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMay 30, 2016
Current as of:
May 30, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Communicate with your medical team, request medication refills and manage appointments through MUHealthe. Learn More
Schedule an appointment today with an MU Health Care provider.
Our support team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 877-621-8014.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Copyright ©2017 — Curators of the University of Missouri. All rights reserved. DMCA and other copyright information.
Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. For website information contact the Office of Communications. Disclaimer