Bleeding after birth is quite common and happens with every new mom. However, this topic has not received much attention as it is considered safe and is treated as natural part of the birthing process. Although some women may be aware of it.
some women are ignorant of post delivery bleeding and as such, it will be a valuable exercise to discuss the causes of bleeding after birth, the nature of this bleeding, and how to manage post delivery bleeding.
So, what causes post delivery bleeding? Women bleed after childbirth due to the shrinking action of the uterus. The size of the uterus is that of a small fist. However, it expands during pregnancy to accommodate the growing baby.
The size of the uterus attains its maximum during the third trimester when the baby is fully developed. Post delivery, the uterus endeavors to shrink to its original size. During this process the internal lining of the uterus, which used to protect the baby during pregnancy, shreds which results in vaginal bleeding after delivery.
After delivery bleeding may be heavy during the first few weeks post childbirth. At times the bleeding may come in trickles while in other times it just gushes out. In the beginning, the color of the bleeding may be bright red but may turn yellowish toward the end. The substance may also be thick and coagulated in the initial weeks but turns sticky during the later weeks. Nevertheless, you will experience bleeding for four to six weeks after childbirth.
Now, you may ask if is it possible to prevent bleeding after delivery. This can’t be prevented as it is a natural process but yes, there are ways you can manage post delivery bleeding.
Using sanitary pads is recommended. Using a tampon is not advised as it may prevent the cervix from closing fully. Actually you can pack these pads when you check in to the hospital for labor. In the first few days after childbirth, the bleeding will be heavier and hence you should carry enough pads. Also, make sure that you keep yourself well hydrated by drinking enough fluid as the bleeding may dehydrate you. After discharge, you should also inform your physician or midwife about the progress with regard to the bleeding.