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.
How much bleeding is too much?
Call your doctor
right away if you:
Have bleeding that soaks through your usual pad
each hour for 2 or more hours.
Have bloody discharge that
continues beyond 4 to 6 weeks.
Pass blood clots larger than a golf
ball over several hours.
Don't be concerned if you pass occasional blood clots, as
long as they are smaller than a golf ball.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology