Postpartum Bleeding Black

Submitted by Nick on January 17, 2012

Going through a pregnancy can prove to be a very trying time – both emotionally as well as physically. The number of changes that the mother is experiencing around this time because of the changing dimensions of her body as well as the fact that the hormonal levels are continuously varying makes the mood swings that are a common sight during a pregnancy – all the more understandable. The end of the ninth month, when the mother holds the baby in her arms, the expectation is for the body to start returning to its normal size. However, this could possibly take a bit of time and there are a number of other physiological changes that will start ...

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...to take place before your body returns to normal. Postpartum bleeding is one of the first few of these occurrences and is completely normal. Also known as Lochia, the condition will occur in any woman that has delivered a child, whether it was done vaginally or through a C-Section. Postpartum bleeding is a way for the body to be able to expel all the extra mucus, tissue and blood from the uterus after childbirth has been achieved and is very similar to the kind of bleeding that a woman will experience during her period. One of the major differences between the two, however, happens to be the fact that Lochia tends to be a lot heavier.

Lochia will begin a few hours after childbirth and will usually continue for a period of two to three weeks. Under normal circumstances, the lochia is more likely to be a more brownish color than red – this indicates that the blood is old. However, postpartum bleeding of black blood is much less common and it is highly recommended that you visit your gynecologist for a more intense check up. While the color of the blood released during lochia should rarely ever be a significant concern, it is highly recommended that you have it looked at by your health care practitioner just to make sure. Some of the other aspects during which you may need to highlight any abnormalities include the sanitary pad becoming soaked in less than an hour, excessively large clots being released as well as feeling faint or dizzy. Certain activities,such as breastfeeding and walking are known to increase the flow of blood.

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