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Immediately after delivery, you will have a bloody
discharge (lochia) from the vagina. This will turn pinkish within a week and
become white or yellowish after about 10 days. Lochia may last for 4 to 6
weeks, but it should be less bloody after 2 weeks. It can come and go for about
Use pads, rather than tampons, during this time. If you
have a tear next to the vagina (perineal tear) or an
episiotomy that is healing, change the pad at least
every 4 hours to prevent irritation and infection.
Call your doctor
right away if you:
Don't be concerned if you pass occasional blood clots, as
long as they are smaller than a golf ball.
November 13, 2013
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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