For the first few days after delivery you will experience vaginal discharge. This drainage from the birth canal is called lochia.
- Drainage from the vagina will be like a menstrual flow for 3-4 days then it will become more watery and pale.
- By the second week lochia will be thicker and yellow-will be minimal by 4 weeks.
- The odor is fleshy, musty or earthy. It should not be foul smelling.
- Occasional cramping or passing of small clots are normal.
- It is normal for heavier flow when getting up after laying or sitting.
- To reduce the risk of infection, use sanitary napkins or pads rather than tampons.
- Call the doctor if :
- bleeding is heavy or persistent;
- you are passing clots bigger than the size of a fifty cent piece;
- the discharge begins to have a foul odor;
- you have a fever of 100.4 F or higher.
Vaginal Strength and Dryness:
- The pelvic floor may take 6-7 weeks to return to normal.
- Epesiotomies usually require about four weeks to heal.
- Kegel exercises can help to strengthen the pelvic floor and speed healing.
- Vaginal dryness may occur for breastfeeding moms - this is caused by diminished estrogen production.
Last Updated: 12/27/2013