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Old 08-23-2007, 08:57 PM   #11
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Re: How heavy is PP bleeding?

Mine was heavy for 2 days (I used the hospital pads) then after that it was no more than Af, which I used regular mama pads!


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Old 08-23-2007, 09:14 PM   #12
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Re: How heavy is PP bleeding?

I'd be over-prepared than under.
If you're not opposed to using disposable pads, the hospital gives you a ton (ask for extra just before you're discharged). If you're doing a home birth, I'd buy can always sell the ones you don't use or save them for subsequent births.

My first vag. birth, I bled heavily for 2 weeks and continued to bleed until the day before my 6 week check up. With #2, I only bled heavily for 3-4 days and then lightly for a little under 5 weeks.

Another tip, if you have a vaginal birth, make sure you get up regularly to use the bathroom (even if you don't want to). This will help reduce the lochia coming out in clots.

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Old 08-23-2007, 09:25 PM   #13
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Re: How heavy is PP bleeding?

with DD#1 I swear I should have died due to blood loss. I bled SUPER heavy for almost my whole 6 weeks before my PP appointment, and then for another week after. It was insane.

With DD#2 my midwife "cleaned me out" really good. I've had off and on light bleeding since about 2-ish weeks PP. I got huge pads nearing on adult diapers fully expecting the same as with DD#1 and it never happened.
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Old 08-24-2007, 01:18 PM   #14
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Re: How heavy is PP bleeding?

well aside from clots the size of golf balls for nearly a week the bleeding wasn't bad. I used regular strength mama cloth that I just changed very frequently. Sometimes as many as 8 per day, and I kept prefolds in my underwear at night and a chux underneath me.
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Old 08-24-2007, 03:58 PM   #15
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Re: How heavy is PP bleeding?

Whew, I guess I really do just have to be prepared for anything. A mama who makes mama cloth recommended using preemie prefolds for the first few days, and I wanted to order some, but today I was washing all these terry washcloths that I bought and I figured that I can use some recieving blankets and sew a little "bag" to suff with a trifolded washcloth for when it's really heavy at the beginning.

I also ordered 6 pp/overnight pads, 6 regulars, and 6 liners. And I can always order more (unfortunately, being in Germany, I can't get them super quick, but oh well). My best friend is coming out around 2 weeks after the baby arrives, so maybe she can bring me more.

At least now I feel well enough prepared ;-) Thanks for sharing your experiences with me!
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