Lochia After Birth

After giving birth, women experience lochia, which is the vaginal discharge or bleeding expelled by the uterus after delivery.

"The uterus is trying to shrink and expel all the mucus, and the blood, and the placental things that are coming out," OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "It's kind of like menstrual fluid, but a little different. You may have to wear a pad for quite a number of weeks after pregnancy.

"As long as it's not clotting, as long as it doesn't have a foul odor, then you're OK," she adds. "It's an absolutely normal thing."

Placenta previa is when the placenta forms over the cervix, which would hinder the possibilty of a vaginal birth and require a c-section; however, it is not uncommon for the placenta to correct itself as the pregnancy continues. Your physician will keep track of your placenta with utrasounds to keep the baby safe.

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