Bleeding and Blood Clots: How Much is Too Much?
In this lesson, we discuss bleeding and blood clots after giving birth.
Some terms about bleeding you may hear healthcare professionals use:
Lochia or ‘flow’ - refers to the normal discharge coming from your uterus after childbirth.
Rubra - refers to the red flow in the first days after birth.
Serosa- refers to the watery pink flow that starts around 3 - 4 days after birth.
Lochia alba - refers to the yellowish white discharge you can have up to 5 or 6 weeks after birth.
Healthcare professionals often ask "How heavy is your flow?" The following is a visual guide to help you to explain.
Read more about blood flow after birth in this post: Bleeding After Birth: What's Normal and What's Not.
Due to the changes in clotting factors at birth, women are also more at risk for a blood clot forming inside a vein. Learn more in this post.