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    Default Post partum bleeding - what's normal?

    I gave birth 5 and a half weeks ago, my bleeding turned pink then brown bout 3 weeks ago, then lessened until i thought it had almost stopped last week. 3 days ago i started to bleed bright red blood interchangeably with brown blood, could this be a period starting?
    At the same time i started to expell red blood again, i started having these abdominal 'sensations' sort of uncomfortable twinges, but nothing like premenstrual cramps...
    I would have been worried about possible retained placenta but have had no real pain or fever or anything.
    Has anyone had a similar blood loss? I am EBF but could this be the first period even though i didn't really stop bleeding myself more than a day before it started again?
    Any insight would be much appreciated!

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    I had exactly the same thing happen to me with dd (she is almost 4 months now).

    With my first two I spotted til about 8 weeks but with this one I was spotting brown blood then about 5 weeks I have really bright red blood for about three days then back to brown then eventually stopped at 7 weeks.

    I too thought I had retained placenta (I had a c/s) but I also had my tubes tied too so was thinking it was something to do with that.

    I had my 6 week check up with ob (at about 7 weeks) and he said it all sounds normal and it could possibly be my period but it's likely post partum bleeding still. He said the bright red blood could be because I have overdone it and aggravated something.

    But as the bleeding had stopped and not gotten any worse then it wasn't retained placenta.

    I kept a track of when it happened to see if it was AF but I didn't have a bleed a month later so assuming it was all part of the post partum bleed.

    If you are worried and you think it's getting worse speak to your ob or your hospital and then can check you out.

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    I noticed my bleeding returned when I didn't have enough rest and when I was on my feet and pushing myself too much. They say if bright Rex blood returns, you need to slow down. I did and it stopped again.

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    Thanks for the reassuring replies, I'll give it a few more days then if it continues I'll go to the gp.

    Thanks again!


 

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