The postpartum period


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Begoña Martinez de Tejada Weber
Begoña Martinez de Tejada Weber
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After delivery, your uterus contracts to empty itself and gradually return to its original size. These contractions, which can be painful, especially during breastfeeding, generally disappear after a few days.

Bleeding, sometimes called “lochia”, occurs after childbirth. The first two to three days, bleeding may be more abundant and red, sometimes including clotting. The blood flow then diminishes and becomes pinker and finally brownish. This can last up to three weeks. During this period, do not use tampons but rather sanitary towels instead, in order to avoid the risk of infection; and for preference take a shower rather than a bath.


Last update : 03/01/2019