Is pink discharge normal postpartum?
Lochia (vaginal discharge) Lochia for the first 3 days after delivery is dark red in color. A few small blood clots, no larger than a plum, are normal. For the fourth through tenth day after delivery, the lochia will be more watery and pinkish to brownish in color.
How do you know if you have an infection after giving birth?
Symptoms of uterine infections commonly include pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis, fever (usually within 1 to 3 days after delivery), paleness, chills, a general feeling of illness or discomfort, and often headache and loss of appetite. The heart rate is often rapid. The uterus is swollen, tender, and soft.
How long does pink lochia last?
Some women may experience a small amount of brown, pink or yellowish-white discharge up to six weeks after giving birth. It may appear in small amounts daily or just occasionally. This will be the final stage of lochia discharge and shouldn’t last beyond six weeks.
When should I call the doctor postpartum?
In general, if you have any of these postpartum symptoms, call your doctor. Heavy vaginal bleeding that soaks more than one pad per hour or vaginal bleeding that increases each day instead of decreasing. Passing large clots (bigger than a quarter). Chills and/or a fever of more than 100.4°F.
How long does it take for your VAG to tighten up after birth?
Your vagina should become tighter within a few days after childbirth, and will return somewhat to its pre-birth shape about six months after delivery. Although your vagina’s appearance won’t be exactly the same, it’ll be pretty close.
Why does it smell down there after birth?
Vaginal blood loss is often associated with a slight metallic smell. This might continue for six to eight weeks after childbirth. This is the stuff your uterus keeps shedding after birth. But if the mild odor smells strong and foul, it could be due to an infection or tears in your vagina during the birthing process.
What can you not do after giving birth?
Avoid stairs and lifting until your doctor says these activities are OK. Don’t take a bath or go swimming until the doctor says it’s OK. Don’t drive until your doctor says it’s OK. Also wait until you can make sudden movements and wear a safety belt properly without discomfort.