What you should know about vaginal discharge after birth

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Postnatal vaginal discharge is a natural physiological matter, whether the birth is natural or cesarean. Tell us about the nature of these secretions.

Postpartum vaginal discharge

Postpartum women go through a period of vaginal discharge called puerperal.

Suffering is vaginal bleeding similar to the menstrual cycle but occurs in a larger amount, because the blood volume in the woman’s body increases by about 50 percent during pregnancy. This period includes three stages during which the shape, color and smell of these secretions will change and last for six weeks.


Stages of postpartum vaginal discharge

Two to four days after birth: Vaginal secretions of light red color, consisting of blood, internal uterine membranes and other remnants of the uterus.



Four to ten days after delivery: Vaginal discharge of a brown color consisting of old blood, white blood cells and other tissue residues.


From ten days to fourteen days after birth and lasts for 6 weeks: white vaginal secretions consisting of white blood cells, mucus, epithelial cells and bacteria.


In the first few days after delivery, the bleeding is heavy and is caused by the blood vessels that have ruptured the placenta’s placenta. When the placenta is ectopic

the uterus contractes and the uterus pulls out of the vagina. These contractions also close the open vasculature. Ma ybe performed by doctors to widen the vagina during normal delivery, which may still bleed until it is surgically sewn.


The postpartum doctor often performs uterine massage and artificial oxytocin to help contract the uterus. Breastfeeding also stimulates the body to secrete oxytocin, which also helps contract the uterus.


Useful tips during puberty

Use pre-natal napkins because these pads are designed for the amount of heavy bleeding after birth and when the amount of secretions gradually decrease, you can use the regular pads used during the menstrual cycle.


Try to urinate a lot even if you do not feel like it. In the first few days after delivery, the bladder may be less sensitive than normal, so you may not feel the need to urinate even when the bladder is full. This leads to problems in urination as the bladder fills makes it difficult for the uterus to contract, resulting in more pain and bleeding.


Getting as much rest as you can after childbirth is very important. Doing the effort may cause you to bleed or resume bleeding again after the bleeding has finished or decreased.


Keep your body hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Doctors generally recommend drinking 8 to 12 cups of water a day. Water helps flush out toxins from the body and helps fight any infection that may attack your body.


If you notice at any stage that the vaginal discharge has become thick with a yellow color and has a foul odor it indicates that you have an infection in the reproductive system

consult your doctor immediately so that you can start antibiotics as prescribed by you. Keep your health healthy during puberty with a healthy diet rich in all nutrients until your body is fully recovered and returned to normal after a long and stressful period of pregnancy and childbirth.


How do you know if you bleed too much?

Call your doctor and seek medical attention if your bleeding increases or:


– If the discharge continues in light red four days after your baby is born.

– If you have abnormal bleeding or large blood clots.

– If you have a shock of lack of blood volume and include symptoms:

Wash the healthy towel in 15 minutes.
Fainting or dizziness.
Cooler body.
The pulse increases rapidly.
Rapid breathing.
In the end, the postpartum period usually passes peacefully within 40 days after the birth. The mother recovers and her body returns to its former state, so you never have to worry.


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