When To Call Your Doctor About Post Partum Bleeding
- If bleeding continues to be bright red and continues to be a large amount.
With each day postpartum the amount of your vaginal discharge should decrease
and it should become less bloody.
- If after the first few days you are still soaking a sanitary pad with blood
every hour for more than four hours at a time, call your doctor.
- If after a week or so of gradually lessening bleeding, you notice a sudden
rush of blood that is bright red and that soaks more than one sanitary pad.
- Passage of golf-ball size clots anytime after the first day. Passing clots
the size of a grape is normal for the first few days.
- If the lochia has a persistent foul-smelling odor. Normally, it should have
no odor or smell like menstrual blood.
- You're experiencing increasing faintness, paleness, feel cold and clammy,
and your heart is racing.
- If the bleeding worries you, don't hesitate to call your doctor.