What is a normal length of time to bleed after giving birth?


Lynette - posted on 08/02/2012




Its will be six weeks for me on Saturday and its still dark red. Should I be worried.

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yep it all depends on the person. i had a good pregnancy great birth and a completely healthy baby. only problem was with me cause i bled for about 3 months after giving birth non stop and my blood was clotting all the time. the doctors said there was nothing i could do about it cause i was breastfeeding so i couldnt change my pill. so they blamed my extra bleeding for a longer period of time on the mini pill i was on and said nothing i could do untill after i finished breastfeeding. problem is i dont breastfeed any more and i still get heavy bleeding and clots but it only last 3-4 days once a month now. most people just go back to their normal cycle after 6-8 weeks. i was just unlucky... good luck with it all!

Leanne - posted on 07/23/2012




I had my baby almost 3 months ago bleed for about 3-4 weeks and then got my period in june had my baby may 4th haven't gotten another period yet is this normal ?

Jennifer - posted on 07/25/2012




My OB told me that you should not be bleeding red after 4 weeks. when my son was 6.5 weeks old I was still bleeding heavy,they did an ultrasound right away and there were still placenta fragments inside and I had to go for an emergency D&C. I still bled for two weeks after that. When my daughter was born after bleeding heavy for 4 weeks my doctor did an ultrasound and sure enough there were placenta fragments again, and I had another emergency D&C then still bled for 3 weeks. You should not bleed more than 6 weeks ever, and the flow should be almost nothing by then. If not, then maybe you are doing too much, or go to your doctor right away. After all the complications I had with my two kids I'ld say don't wait, get checked out!!

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Phillippa - posted on 03/16/2010




Hi rach, any bleeding past normal time period should be checked especially if heavy and consistantly heavy with no easing. Memorreahea not correct spelling but excessive bleeding after child birth can occur at any time usually one or two period after, changes in hormones can be extreme and cause severe bleeding, problems with uterus lining and ovarian issue can also cause this and just because you may not have had them before or you did and they were not an issue or unknown to you, birth and pregnancy dramatically alter hormones that effect every organ and process of a womans system even if only slightly and hidden issue can come to the surface. Most do nothing these issues increase and bigger medical or physical issues occur. So go get a check ask, say your gut instinct says somethings wrong. from someone who learnt the hard way, always listen to your body even if they say your fine, if that voice or things are still not right, keep going till someone listens. Bleeding etc is different for all woman not standard so concerned check it out. Phillippa.

Kate - posted on 03/16/2010




i bled for 8 weeks! i'm glad i've read thi post because i felt like a freak for bleeding for so long but it looks like i'm about average!!

LaCi - posted on 03/16/2010




I had a c-section and it seemed like it would never end. Everything else was fine except that. I bled heavily for 2 months at least. At one point I was absolutely convinced I was hemorrhaging to death. But it finally did stop

Emily - posted on 03/15/2010




Everyone is different but the average is 6 weeks. Some people can be longer, some shorter. With my first daughter I bled for a short time maybe 3-4 weeks, with my second it seemed like forever 6-7 weeks.

Blackwood - posted on 03/15/2010




I was on and off for about 8 weeks, but some woman are less and others a bit longer. If you are concerned for any reason, ask your doc.

Tanya - posted on 03/15/2010




Every1 is different and it also depends on how you deliver..it can be anywhere from 4 to 8 wks..maybe even longer..talk to your doctor

Sue - posted on 03/14/2010




I only bled for 4 weeks with baby number one, but 9 weeks with baby number two. 12 weeks would be too long.

Jane - posted on 03/14/2010




It's been 16 yrs since my last birth but... Bleeding after childbirth ranges different for every mom. I think with my first, I bled for two to three weeks (give or take a few days) but had a pink watery discharge for a while longer. It was about the same with my second and third deliveries. As long as the bleeding isn't heavy or has a foul odor, I wouldn't worry about the length so much as the consistency. If the bleeding lasts for over 6 weeks and the consistency still hasn't changed (tapered off) OR (like I said) gets heavier or foul smelling OR if you develop chills or sweating or pain, see your doctor asap. Here's a good site for info:


Congrats on your baby!!

Amber - posted on 03/14/2010




Hello Rachel,
i bled for 8 weeks, it was awful , i thought... But it goes away of course. Every woman is different. Good luck

Karen - posted on 03/14/2010




hi rachel, of course everyone is different, but i think the average is 6 weeks (i did for five but my period started a week after that) however, some people only bleed two or three weeks and others for 8 weeks

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