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 2 months.
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.
Current as of: October 8, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology