During the whole duration of your pregnancy, you will miss all your menstrual cycles. Which means that you will not have had a period for at least nine months. All the blood is in the uterus, making it safe for the baby and cushioning it in the womb. Once you have delivered, though, you will have a very long duration where you will bleed continuously.
In the first few days after your delivery, you are bound to bleed more heavily. This is for about three to five days after your delivery. You will be made to use surgical sanitary napkins to help with the flow of blood. You must remember to keep mobile even though you are bleeding and not sit down. Mobility will help you recover from your pregnancy and also keep you more active. The faster you get mobile, the easier it will be for your to resume your life quicker.
After this, the bleeding should lessen. After the first five days, you will bleed like you do when you have a normal period. You can start to use regular sanitary napkins now. This should last for about ten days or less. After about eighteen to twenty days, your discharge will turn to a reddish yellow colour, and after about three weeks you should have a light pink discharge. Although this is not a standard rule, this is normally how bleeding takes its course after delivery.
The myths about bleeding for forty days is not true. It is also not dependent on how you eat or how heavy you are. Bleeding is a natural body process which varies depending on the disposition of the individual. People who have cesarean sections are likely to bleed less, since a lot of the blood and the clots are removed during the surgery.
While you have bleeding after your delivery, stick to using sanitary napkins. Avoid the use of tampons, since the body is more likely to develop infections at this time. If you bleed for longer than six weeks, it is important to visit the doctor immediately. You might have some problem lurking, and might need immediate attention.