Did you know?

After a vaginal or cesarean birth, it’s normal to experience extra blood, fluid and tissue coming from the uterus. This type of bleeding and discharge is known as lochia, and it’s the heaviest a week or two after giving birth and then lessens over time.

How much is normal?

Every woman experiences different lochia bleeding and discharge, but you can expect to see a flow similar to your period. You may even experience small clots. If you notice any of the warning signs below, please call your doctor immediately.

When should I contact the doctor?

If you notice any of the following signs, please call BCDI and your OB-GYN.

  • Your lochia has a bad odor. Lochia should smell like regular period bleeding.
  • You are soaking more than one pad per hour.
  • Your clots are larger than a ping pong ball.
  • You experience a sudden increase in the volume of bleeding or clots.
  • You have severe abdominal pain or cramping.
  • You feel ill with a temperature above 100.4° F or higher, nausea, vomiting, or chills.
  • You feel faint, dizzy, short of breath or you feel like your heart is racing.