Cesarean section is a surgical procedure that is done on women who can’t, for some reason, deliver their baby in a natural way. By this surgical procedure, a baby is taken out of the uterus by making a cut in the stomach. In some cases, mothers decide on C-section because, they are free of pain, as this procedure is done under the anesthesia.
Postpartum bleeding is bleeding that happens in every woman after the cesarean section. Doctors regard this kind of bleeding as the process in which uterus cleans itself from the placenta remains. After the placenta is removed, blood vessels that served as an attachment to the uterus are now open and the uterus is closing them slowly. That process decreases the amount of blood that appears after C-section.
As we have mentioned earlier, bleeding after c-section is normal, but how are we going to know how much blood is normal and how long is it supposed to last? At first, blood is bright red in color, following pink, brownish, until finally the blood becomes white, meaning that it is the end of bleeding. As you already suspect, the amount of blood is heavier immediately after the delivery, then it becomes lighter and it usually stops after 3 or 4 weeks. If you experience that bleeding only sometimes, you should know that it may also depend on your physical overdoing. If you are overactive, excessive amount of bleeding may occur, so take it easy.
Under which circumstances the bleeding is not normal?
Bleeding isn’t normal if it is so excessive that you can’t control it, and you even need a towel so that the blood soaks in it. In this case, you should immediately visit an emergency room. The cause for this excessive bleeding can be damage to the major blood vessels and it is a serious complication. The usage of tampons isn’t advisable during the bleeding that happens after c-section. A regular visit to your gynecologist can determine what the problem may be and what treatment should be given.
When the bleeding stops, it is a sign that the uterus has healed and is preparing for a new menstruation cycle. But, when is it going to happen? Don’t worry, you would have to wait somewhere between 45 days up to three months. Mothers who breastfeed their babies wait even more, because of the hormone delay. Women who had c-section say that their menstruations aren’t the same before and after the c-section, but the truth is that it doesn't have anything to do with the c-section.