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just wondering i am 10 days post c-section and i have just got over a UTI, my question is related to the bleeding after c-section, i had minimal to nothing then when i breast feed i sometimes loose a little clot but every now and then it really gets dark and quite alot then it goes away again? is it still normal to be loosing like like at this stage??? thank you in advance and i am sorry if it is tmi
Not sure what's "normal" but I had a quite similar pattern. I bled heavily (like a heavy period) for about 10 days, then lightly for another week or so. I thought I had finished when I passed a few largish clots, then nothing else, about 3 weeks afterwards.
I could feel my uterus contracting while I breastfed and I would bleed afterwards a little heavier- I'm presumming you mean you period thingy not from the stitches right??
I would say it's normal with breastfeeding. One of the reasons they suggest it is that it makes your uterus contract quicker.
Yep, it's the ol' oxytocin kicking in.
The babe's suckling stimulates the release of oxytocin. Oxytocin causes your uterus to contract. Because your uterus is still involuting and hasn't yet returned to its pre-pregnant size, when you bf, it contracts. Sometimes you get after-pains when that happens and sometimes you get a gush of blood.
That's why nipple stimulation during labour can help get the oxytocin flowing to give labour a boost, and why letting the baby suckle soon after birth can help expel the placenta.
I bled for a few weeks after the birth, it tapered off gradually.
Happy babymoon to you, Celesteg.
I bled for the average 6 weeks. It wasn't a heavy flow and I had days were it was lighter or heavier. It also was mostly older looking blood (stmi) but would sometimes become fresh and red.
My well baby nurse said not to worry. So I didn't and everything ended up fine.
Sounds normal to me. You do get heavier bleeding when breastfeeding as the uterus contracts.
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