21st November 2019

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What are the signs of infection after giving birth?

What are the symptoms of a postpartum infection?
  • Lower abdominal pain, a low-grade fever, or foul-smelling lochia (signs of endometritis)
  • A painful, hard, warm, red area (usually only on one breast) and fever, chills, muscle aches, fatigue, or a headache (signs of mastitis)

How long does Lochia last after birth?

You can expect to bleed heavily for the first three to ten postpartum days, after which the bleeding should taper off, turning from red to pink, then brown, and finally to a yellowish white. Lochia should stop sometime between four and six weeks postpartum.

What causes you to hemorrhage after giving birth?

After the placenta is delivered, these contractions help compress the bleeding vessels in the area where the placenta was attached. If the uterus does not contract strongly enough, called uterine atony, these blood vessels bleed freely and hemorrhage occurs. This is the most common cause of postpartum hemorrhage.