Post-Pregnancy Body Changes

Vaginal Bleeding (Lochia)

When: From delivery to six weeks

Why: After labor, whether you've delivered vaginally or by c-section, your uterus will slough off tissue from its lining, resulting in what might seem like a monthlong period. "In most women, it changes from bright or dark red blood to a pink blood, then to a clear or yellowish discharge over the first few weeks," Dr. Karjane says. "Some women will stop bleeding for a day or so, but the bleeding can start up again as you engage in more activity. As long as there is no fever or abdominal or uterine pain, discharge and mild bleeding in the first six weeks is normal."

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