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Old 08-17-2007, 12:32 PM   #1
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post partum bleeding? (TMI ahead)

Okay I'm 3 weeks post partum and I keep having off and on bleeding. It'll start off being brightly colored then slowly taper off to a darker color. Think almost like a mini period. Then I'll stop for a day or two. You know, long enough to stop wearing a pad because they're chafing my bum (I'm a spoiled diva cup user). Only to start right back up.

Is this normal?

I can't use my post partum experince with DD#1 because frankly it's a wonder I didn't die. I bled like crazy until 2 days before my 6 week appointment, then stopped for like 3 days, then started what I think was my period.

Oh and ETA: I am brastfeeding ... if that makes any difference.

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Old 08-17-2007, 12:35 PM   #2
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I can't say for sure that what you're experiencing is normal but it was for me.

For me, increased bleeding came on for 6 weeks pp because I was doing too much too soon. An increase in bleeding was my body's way of telling me that I was over doing it. So, I slowed down and it stopped.... eventually.
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Old 08-17-2007, 12:38 PM   #3
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I can't say for sure that what you're experiencing is normal but it was for me.

For me, increased bleeding came on for 6 weeks pp because I was doing too much too soon. An increase in bleeding was my body's way of telling me that I was over doing it. So, I slowed down and it stopped.... eventually.
I don't *think* I've been over doing it. Sitting around nursing a lot. Scolding my older daughter from behind my boppy and the baby.
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Old 08-17-2007, 12:45 PM   #4
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Re: post partum bleeding? (TMI ahead)

It is normal!!!
Hormone influxes can add to this and general lack of sleep/schedual to wihch these things do make your hormones tetter.

Drinking Chlorophyl in your water will GREATLY help with the bleeding and in a lot of women will completely stop it as long as they are drinking some daily.

I drink it faithfully for the first 3 months pp and when I do not I do bleed. Sleep is personally my biggest culprit. At anytime that I stopped bleeding and then started again I can pinpoint it to a change in my sleep pattern. Mostly this would happen when I would have 4 or so routine nights (such as baby only waking up twice around the same times each night for several days in a row) and then I would have a night where I was up most the night and sure enough within 24 hours I would be bleeding again.

I too am a spoiled cup user and personally start using them again at about 3-4 weeks.

I hope this info helps!
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Old 08-17-2007, 12:48 PM   #5
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I bled for over 6 straight weeks. My OB/GYN said it was totally normal.

Take it easy.
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Old 08-17-2007, 12:49 PM   #6
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I This happen to me, on and off for 8 weeks! I mentioned it to my OB and he told me it was normal. I had my IUD placed 6 wks postpartum and the 2 weeks later passed a golf ball size mass of retained placenta!!! I was lucky I never became sick or septic from the whole deal. If you feel uneasy about push the subject with your DR.
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Re: post partum bleeding? (TMI ahead)

I'm going to be different and tell you to get checked out...

I was bleeding off and on and thought nothing of it... and just went for my 6 week PP appt and found out that I had a vaginal bacterial infection and that was likely why I was bleeding the way I was, and that I had likely had it a while and had likely spread to my uterus! So now I'm on an antibiotic for a week. (And I nurse too... if it wasn't for this recent experience [my PP appt was on Monday] I wouldn't have thought anything of it either)

It is likely nothing... but if its infection, you need to be treated....
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I bled like that...but I stopped at 5 weeks and started at 6 again for 2-3 days then I was done until 15 months...HAHAHA
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