Bleeding/Sex Postpartum

Apr 01, 2011 No Comments by

After the birth of the baby vaginally, or after a Cesarean section you will have a longish period lasting a week or several weeks (may be 4 to 6 weeks). Thereafter you may not have a period for several months, especially if you are breastfeeding.

The first period that occurs is usually longer and heavier than a normal period. It could last 7 days or more. Thereafter your regular cycle will set in. When the first period occurs is totally unpredictable. With breastfeeding it could come afer 3 to 4 months, or after 6 to 9 months. In women who do not breastfeed, the period could start on the 28th day after the birth of the baby. The post-delivery discharge could be brownish/pinkish/occasionally red (when exertion is undertaken).

Not having a period need not mean that you are pregnant. Neither does it mean that since you are not getting a period you cannot become pregnant. You must use some contraceptive in consultation with your doctor. As soon as you feel you have healed vaginally, you can resume intercourse. This might take 10 days or so. Some women like to wait up to 10 days or 6 weeks. You can use lubricant like petroleum jelly if required.

When you go to the doctor for a checkup you must inform him or her of any discomfort you might have with your bowel movement, passing of urine, sexual intercourse, or piles. Pelvic or pelvic floor discomfort would also need investigation.

You may walk up and down the stairs, but not more than is absolutely essential, that is, keep it to a minimum. Get as much rest as possible. Sleep for 2 hours in the afternoon. Go back to bed after the ea


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