How long does it take for your stitches to heal after giving birth?
These tears generally heal quickly with little discomfort. A typical episiotomy or second-degree tear involves skin and muscle. These usually require stitches and heal in two to three weeks. (The stitches dissolve on their own during this time.)
Bleeding that stays bright red past the first week is unusual. Around 8-10 days after birth, the pinkish flow typically gives way to a thicker yellowy white discharge. A little bit of flow or spotty bleeding may occur for 6 weeks after baby's birth, but for most women, it will resolve sooner.
- Is it normal to have blood clots after having a baby? In the six weeks after giving birth, your body is healing. During this time, you can expect some bleeding, known as lochia, as well as blood clots. The most common source of blood after giving birth is from your uterus, since it sheds its lining after birth.
- The postpartum period is commonly defined as the six weeks after childbirth. This is a very important time for both you and your newborn baby as you adjust to each other and your expanded family. In the first few hours and days after childbirth, you will experience many changes, both physically and emotionally.
- These are the most common symptoms of postpartum hemorrhage: Uncontrolled bleeding. Decreased blood pressure. Swelling and pain in the vagina and nearby area if bleeding is from a hematoma.
After the placenta is delivered, these contractions help compress the bleeding vessels in the area where the placenta was attached. If the uterus does not contract strongly enough, called uterine atony, these blood vessels bleed freely and hemorrhage occurs. This is the most common cause of postpartum hemorrhage.
- Tone: uterine atony is the inability of the uterus to contract and may lead to continuous bleeding. Retained placental tissue and infection may contribute to uterine atony. Uterine atony is the most common cause of postpartum hemorrhage.
- Secondary postpartum haemorrhage (puerperal haemorrhage) This is vaginal bleeding between 48 hours and 6 weeks after delivery, usually between 6 and 14 days, and typically on the 10th day. If bleeding is severe, she will need antibiotics, resuscitation, and exploration of her uterus for retained pieces of placenta.
- In rare cases, hemorrhoids may bulge through the anus and swell. This may cause the hemorrhoid tissues to die. If this happens, you will feel severe rectal pain and may see blood and pus at the anus. You will need urgent surgery to prevent further complications, such as death of the affected tissue and infection.
Lochia is vaginal discharge during the postpartum period. (The term comes from a Greek word that means "relating to childbirth.") It consists of blood, tissue shed from the lining of the uterus, and bacteria. At this point, the lochia is mostly white blood cells and cells from the lining of the uterus.
- In a week, your uterus weighs a little over a pound – half of what it weighed just after you gave birth. After two weeks, it's down to a mere 11 ounces and located entirely within your pelvis. By about four weeks, it should be close to its pre-pregnancy weight of 3.5 ounces or less.
- You can expect to bleed heavily for the first three to ten postpartum days, after which the bleeding should taper off, turning from red to pink, then brown, and finally to a yellowish white. Lochia should stop sometime between four and six weeks postpartum.
- Misoprostol (Cytotec) may be used when other oxytocic agents are not available for prevention of postpartum hemorrhage (number needed to treat=18). Misoprostol may be used for treatment of postpartum hemorrhage, but this agent is associated with more side effects than conventional uterotonic drugs.
Updated: 29th September 2018