Postpartum new mothers will come to “menstruation“, and the red silk blood is also accompanied by a fishy smell. This “menstruation” will last for a long time because of their personal physique. Many mothers are bored and even worried about it. Some mothers take medicine disorderly because they don’t really know “lochia” and want to exhaust lochia as soon as possible, which often hurts their bodies.
In fact, postpartum lochia is a normal physiological phenomenon and a normal repair of the uterus. New moms don’t need to worry too much. They might as well learn more about lochia, which is of great benefit to the recovery of the body.
1. What exactly is “lochia” excluded?
Lochia is a mixture of blood, secretions, mucus and other substances flowing out of the uterus after parturition, mainly amniotic fluid, blood and placental tissue stripping. Normal malodor has some bloody smell. The total amount is about 500-1000 ml, but it doesn’t smell. The duration of lochia varies from person to person. Generally, lochia is clean about three weeks after delivery, with an average of about 21 days, 14 days for the short and 6 weeks for the elderly.
2. How long will lochia be discharged?
Under normal circumstances, lochia can be eliminated after 4-6 weeks postpartum, but if it is still dripping after this period of time, it is “endless lochia”. If not treated in time, it can affect the maternal health and cause other diseases.
The duration of lochia will depend on the constitution of each pregnant woman. People with weak constitution may be delayed to 6 weeks, and people with good constitution will be clean in 3 weeks. But you should know that lochia is not discharged until there is a normal leucorrhea color. Therefore, we should observe the situation of lochia. If there is odor in lochia, or there is too much red lochia and white lochia and the duration is too long, over and over again, there are blood clots, and even fever and abdominal pain, we must go to the hospital for examination.
3. How to distinguish normal lochia?
Serous lochia, which is discharged about 4 ~ 6 days after delivery, is light red, contains a small amount of blood, mucus and more vaginal secretions, and has bacteria.
White lochia is a white or yellowish lochia discharged after one week postpartum. It contains a large number of leukocytes, decidual cells and bacteria, like leucorrhea, but more than usual.
Normal malodor has a bloody smell and does not stink. Bloody lochia is a large amount of secretion discharged within the first to fourth days after delivery. It is bright red and contains blood, decidual tissue and mucus. It is similar to or slightly more than menstruation, sometimes with blood clots.
4. What factors affect the endless lochia?
The residual tissue can be caused by the larger pregnancy month, uterine malformation, uterine fibroids and other reasons, or the unskilled operation operator, resulting in the incomplete removal of the pregnant tissue, resulting in the residual part of the tissue in the uterine cavity.
Uterine cavity feeling cavity can cause uterine cavity infection due to postpartum or pelvic bath after abortion, or unclean sanitary napkins, or sexual intercourse shortly after postpartum or abortion, as well as lax disinfection of surgical operators.
Uterine atony can be caused by lack of good rest after childbirth, weakness and disease, or too long operation time of production or cesarean section, resulting in uterine atony and continuous lochia.
Postpartum lochia can end in a day or two. A new mommy needs a light diet, pay attention to rest and keep a happy mood. People with blood fever can eat pears, oranges, watermelon and other fruits, but they should take warm clothes; For those with spleen deficiency and weak Qi, mutton and dog meat can be added in cold seasons. In addition, sexual intercourse is absolutely prohibited before 50 days postpartum. At the same time, pregnant women need to pay attention to hygiene to avoid infection.