May be a gross question... but i'm curious

Brittny - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 123 moms have responded )

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I gave birth to my son 3 weeks ago and I am still bleeding, Im not bleeding real heavily or anything, but i am curious, is this normal? and if so how long does one bleed for?

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Maggie - posted on 09/22/2009

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Well, I have had three kids...So yes that is normal...Everyone is different...but if Your passing clots larger than a quarter i would call your doctor... Also...If you are unsure of the normality of your bleeding and you don't feel right about how your feeling and what not..I would call your doctor.. as I said everyone is different and there is a difference when you breastfeed or bottle feed...I was bleeding more when I breastfed than when I bottle fed...if you are too active you could bleed more...it really depends...to be safe I would call your doctor

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Jessica - posted on 09/26/2009

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usually 4 weeks unless u get ur period that time then in cont. but some people can see spotting up to 6 wks as long as it is not clotts and extreme bleeding you are fine

Jane - posted on 09/26/2009

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it can last for quite a while. i think i bled for a month w/the first one and two months w/the second one. if you're breastfeeding, it will cut down the time as that helps the uterus clear out quicker. just be sure that you don't have a fever as it would indicate an infection. call your doctor if you get more concerned.

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I just had my babe last week and the dr. said if I was soaking a pad in an hour regularly, had fevers, or passed clots the size of golf balls then I should come in.

Jennifer - posted on 09/26/2009

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some people are different I wouldnt know if it is normal I had my son csection so I only bleed for a few days!!!

Angela - posted on 09/26/2009

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YES, IT'S NORMAL ABOUT 6 WEEKS AND SOMETIME IT JUST DEPEND ON YOU ARE YOU BEING STRESS!!

Wendy - posted on 09/26/2009

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anywhere from 2 1/2 weeks to 5 weeks is normal. I had 3 children and was different with each. When I breast fed the two last ones I stopped sooner.

Linda - posted on 09/26/2009

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yes if it not to much it sounds ok and i think you should stop bleeding very soon x good luck

Vanessa - posted on 09/26/2009

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I know for me i kept bleeding fro like 5 weeks but it was only like spotting type blood from weeks 3-5 so i would say it is normal as long as it is not heavy.If you have any questions like this you can always call your dr's office and one of the nurses could answer anything.

Paula - posted on 09/26/2009

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absolutly normal, some people can bleed 4 up 2 6 weeks, its nothing to stress about,

just think 10mths of no periods has to leave ur body....lol



take care

Rachel - posted on 09/26/2009

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It is normal, I bled for 5 weeks although it stopped sooner as I was breast feeding & lost a lot of blood during the birth...

Congrats on your little boy.

Nora - posted on 09/26/2009

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normal is about 6 weeks, you may want a different doctor or hospital, this is all stuff they should tell you about!!!!

Tasha - posted on 09/26/2009

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yeh its completely normal,at least i think it is lol i was bleeding up until around a month and a half. the health visitor said it was normal!i also went on the contraceptive implant after my daughter was 3 weeks n they say that muddles your cycle up anyway. try not to worry im sure all is fine!congrats on the new little 1!

Simone - posted on 09/26/2009

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it is normal as people say u can bleed up to 6 weeks and on i bled for a week to 2 weeks

Wendi - posted on 09/26/2009

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Yes, it's normal. I usually bleed for about four weeks after the baby is born.

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I bled for 4 weeks, and was told this was quick. It is still medcally normal for up to 8 weeks, but talk to your dr when you go for your 6 week check if your still bleeding then. DOn't worry totally normal

Alyssa - posted on 09/25/2009

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i bleed for 6 weeks straight, and most of the time it was heave, then got lighter by the 6th week or so.. it felt like forever

Sharon - posted on 09/25/2009

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Quoting Brittny:

May be a gross question... but i'm curious

I gave birth to my son 3 weeks ago and I am still bleeding, Im not bleeding real heavily or anything, but i am curious, is this normal? and if so how long does one bleed for?



Hi Brittny



My son is now 4 months old and I also have a 10 year old.  I stopped bleeding quite soon after my first child but with my second I bled for 6 weeks before this calmed down then I took a normal period.  I was quite worried about this but was told this was normal.

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Yes. As the bleeding slows down it changes from red to a brown colored. The flow slows down tremendously to more of an ooze. This can last up to six weeks after. I hope this has helped you.

Johannah - posted on 09/25/2009

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It can take up to 6 weeks for the bleeding to stop completely. Consider it pay back for not having your period for 9 months. You should only be concerned if the bleeding gets heavy again, changes color or has a bad odor. The more you rest and less heavy lifting you do the sooner it will stop.

Tanya - posted on 09/25/2009

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bleeding up to your 6 week check up is normal... Some times you will stop the after birth bleeding shortly (1/2 or more days) and then start your actual period all before your 6 week check up after that time your periods should start to return to your normal cycle, As we know all women are different so some will stop bleeding and not bleed again untill there next period in about 28 days or so.... Only time you need to be worried is if you are filling a pad in an hour, then you should call your dr right away.. Congrats on your new baby

Tiffany - posted on 09/25/2009

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Hi there,

Yes this is totally normal! I bled for about 4-5 weeks. Just make sure to keep in touch with your doctor if you think it's getting out of control!

Casey - posted on 09/25/2009

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its is verry normal and can go for up to 6 weeks but if your worried see your doctor

Lisa Marie - posted on 09/24/2009

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yes its normal my baby is 1 month old n im still bleeding. im off 1 day but bk on the nxt. people r different. congrats on ur baby boy x

Katie - posted on 09/24/2009

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You will bleed a while. Shouldn't be too long though. If you are concerned however, call your doctor. Some people will bleed for a few days, some a few weeks and there are some who do not bleed at all.



If you are uncomfortable (like it's painful or feels like cramps), you have clots bigger that a quarter (you will notice them if they are bigger) or it only gets heavier, see you doctor. They may tell you it's nothing and you shouldn't be concerned. But it's always better safe than sorry.



Congratulations on your new baby boy!

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up to 6 weeks sometimes with streaking alittle longer, your body is healing. as long as it is not heavy, lighter than a normal period and tapiering off by the week, if not seek your doctors attention.

Jennifer - posted on 09/24/2009

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Yep - totally normal to bleed for about 4-6 weeks. Congrats on your new baby!

Melissa - posted on 09/24/2009

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Not to worry, it is very normal. I bled off and on for almost a year after my daughter was born. It usually will last about 6 weeks, hang in there!

Danielle - posted on 09/24/2009

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i bled for around 8 weeks after i had my son and then it just stopped suddenly so i woudlnt worry it depnds from person to person! Hope it helps!!!!!

Sydney - posted on 09/24/2009

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I had a c-section and i was bleeding for 2 1/2 months, i would say if you are concerned you should make a phone call to your doctor. You normally have like a check up a month or two for yourself after you have a baby. Might be something to check on when you go. :-) (p.s. thats not a gross question dont be shy :-) )

Amber - posted on 09/24/2009

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completely normal, your Dr. should have told you that you can bleed for as long as 6 weeks sometimes even longer.

Carissa Marie - posted on 09/24/2009

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Most common is 6 weeks. But be careful, if you are sexually active during this time. As you will most likely have a cycle during it. So unless you want another one, use protection.

Koren - posted on 09/24/2009

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Every woman is different but it usually goes for about 4-6 weeks dont worry nothing is wrong your body just needs a clean out.... Congrats on ur new son n i wish u all da best xox

Suzanna - posted on 09/24/2009

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I didn't stop bleeding until 8 weeks after my csection delivery. I asked my obstetrician at my post birth visit and she said it was perfectly normal. I thought I would never stop bleeding but it eventually did.

Linda - posted on 09/24/2009

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Yes absolutely normal, i know one lady who did for 10 weeks, I would suggest though if there is any pain, abnormal discharge, fever or continues for a long period of time see your doctor

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