bleeding after c-section

Hanna - posted on 04/04/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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hi, i am 5.5 weeks after a c-section and haven't had any bleeding (including brownish discharge) since about 2 weeks after. but now a few days ago, i started bleeding again, pretty heavy and the sensation is similar to a period, rather than what i felt right after the operation. could this be my period? i read online they say it could be either one but i am breastfeeding, so i shouldn't have my period yet. did anyone else experience something similar? i feel perfectly fine (except having to wear the damn maxi-pad again), no dizziness or light-headiness or anything like that.

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Hush - posted on 04/04/2009

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I had similar but am still breast feeding at 10 months and have had my periods since bub was 5 months and they come regular now.

Cathy - posted on 04/04/2009

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The same thing happened to me.I started bleeding after i had stopped for quite sometime.I thought it was my period but it was really heavy, i rang the hospital and they told me just to watch it but it was quite normal.It was just my body still cleaning itself out.But it could be a period,i got mine 7weeks after my 1st baby and now 4 mths after my 2nd i have just finished my period!!! No rest for the wicked!!!I am now on the mini pill so there wont be any mistakes!!!

Cheryl - posted on 04/04/2009

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I did not breastfeed but I got my period shortly after having my kids and they were all c-sections. I hope all is fine with you.

Hanna - posted on 04/04/2009

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Thank you ladies. I don't think anything is wrong with me, but I figured I'd ask. It's the weekend so I can't call my OB until monday (and i have my 6 week apt on the 8th). I just freaked out a bit because i thought i was done for a few months, but now all of a sudden it started and i tried to read up on it and got a lot of confusing information saying that it probably is not a period but you're still bleeding and you should be feeling this and that (which i don't) so i thought i'd ask real people rather than having "studies shown" answers

Shelly - posted on 04/04/2009

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Hanna,



  Yes it very well could be your period just because you are breast feeding does not guarantee you wont have a period..I had a C-section and never bled until I had a regular period only because I had so much emnionic(sp?) fluid at the birth they had to suction every thing out of me...Your ok just take a deep breath. 

Becky - posted on 04/04/2009

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hi - similar thing happened to me, but I did not get my first "real" period until about about 4 months afterwards. I did pass three blood clots about a week or two after I had my baby but my doc said it was OK (as long as it didn't continue) but she said it was because of the c-section since things didn't get "pushed" through the same as they would with a vag delivery.

Jessica - posted on 04/04/2009

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the same thinghappened to me. and i was breastfeeding i stopped bleeding...well i thought i did and then it started again. i called one of my nurses and she said it was normal to bleed foro up to 8 weeks even if your breast feeding as long as long there are no large clots. hope this helps!

Erin - posted on 04/04/2009

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i may not be much help but from what ive learned so far it sounds like it prob ur period just cuz ur breasfeeding apparently u can get it that early although not very common it is posssible i just had c section 2 days ago and alrdy dnt bleed that much but if u wnt 4 sure answer id call into doc if it rly bothers u they should b able to tell u

Serena - posted on 04/04/2009

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I had the exact same experience after both of my sections. I bled for only like a week and then a month later I had a period, while breastfeeding. For me, the period lasted like 4 or 5 days, and then I didn't get another one until 3 months later when I stopped breastfeeding. My doctor told me that it was normal, so don't freak out. Just make sure that you call your doctor and let them know if you bleed longer than you would for a regular period. Hope this helps!

Megan - posted on 04/04/2009

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Quoting Hanna:

bleeding after c-section

hi, i am 5.5 weeks after a c-section and haven't had any bleeding (including brownish discharge) since about 2 weeks after. but now a few days ago, i started bleeding again, pretty heavy and the sensation is similar to a period, rather than what i felt right after the operation. could this be my period? i read online they say it could be either one but i am breastfeeding, so i shouldn't have my period yet. did anyone else experience something similar? i feel perfectly fine (except having to wear the damn maxi-pad again), no dizziness or light-headiness or anything like that.


It sounds like you are having your period.  If start to experience any pain or abnormal bleeding longer than 5-7 days, please see your doctor.  Nursing women can get their period. 

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