Even though having a baby is the most amazing experience in a woman’s life, the problems she can face after her delivery can sometimes be quite complex. Bleeding is very common immediately after the delivery. You will bleed quite a lot during the first week after the delivery.
It will get less during the next two or three weeks. By the end of the first month you may notice only spotting after which the bleeding will stop completely. In most cases, you will not resume your period for eight to nine months, during the entire time that you are breast feeding your baby.
Very few people get their regular period every month after the delivery. This is extremely rare. After about six to nine months, when you do get your period, it will be a normal cycle and will be regular every month.
When you bleed after your delivery, the bleeding is much more than the normal menstrual cycle. During this time, you must avoid using a tampon as the area needs to heal and you would be sore around the vagina. An additional problem with the use of tampons is that you are more likely to contract an infection since its use is internal.
Use regular sanitary pads and keep the area extremely clean in order to avoid any infection. If you have a very large flow in the first few days, use surgical sanitary napkins. Special sanitary pads will be provided by the hospital which would be able to care for excessive bleeding during the first week.
Even while you are bleeding, you must clean the area with warm running water or sit in a tub of hot water for five to ten minutes each day. If the bleeding does not settle down by the end of four weeks, you must inform your gynaecologist about your condition. Too much blood loss can cause anaemia and other problems which can gradually start to affect your breast feeding.
You will notice your blood flow pattern as the quantity and colour of discharge will change with time. Towards the end, it will get scanty. Initial bleeding after your delivery contains more clots. You will notice the flow getting thinner with time.