Information on Postpartum Bleeding After 6 Weeks

Submitted by Nick on August 14, 2012

The process of reproduction begins with the implantation of an egg that has been fertilized during sexual intercourse. This egg gradually develops into a fetus which will eventually be born. During the pregnancy, the hormones in the woman’s body will ensure that there is no menstruation taking place. New eggs aren’t released and the lining of the uterus remains intact. Child birth is a physically difficult process. Children are born through the vaginal opening. This can cause the opening to be damaged as it needs to be stretched to several times its normal size.


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Postpartum bleeding may therefore occur for a couple of weeks or more after delivery. Women who deliver under medical supervision are usually examined to ensure that they are in good shape. The woman’s uterus will then clean itself out so that it can resume its functioning of developing and shedding as part of the normal menstrual cycle experienced by healthy women who have not yet experienced menopause.

This process takes a few months to normalize once again. Also see postpartum bleeding odor

Under normal circumstances, postpartum bleeding after 6 weeks is considered to be a sign for concern. It is not uncommon for this type of bleeding to occur, but it is definitely alarming for the woman. Typically, the discharge immediately after childbirth is bright red. This gradually changes to lighter shades as the uterus cleanses itself. There should be no postpartum bleeding at 6 weeks. At worst, the bleeding should be extremely light, akin to spotting that is seen at the end of a menstrual cycle. A woman should therefore visit her doctor immediately if she is experiencing postpartum bleeding at 6 weeks for a checkup.
It is important to note the color, the flow and even the odor of the discharge. If the color turns gradually lighter, then it is considered to be normal. If postpartum bleeding at 6 weeks is bright red, it indicates continued bleeding. The discharge should start lightening after a period of a week or two from delivery. Bright discharge should be a cause for concern. The flow of discharge should also begin to reduce after the second week from delivery. If this does not happen, then it is a cause for concern. More on vaginal bleeding during pregnancy

Naturally, if the woman experiences gushing postpartum bleeding at 6 weeks, it is a serious medical emergency. Some women may also experience blood clots at this stage which is a sign for concern.

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