pads When you first start thinking about having kids, there are probably a lot of aspects of the whole process that you don’t think about. The fact is having a baby changes a mother’s entire body. There are changes you can prepare for, such as gaining weight and lactating, but others you cannot. For instance, it is hard to prepare for delivery beforehand because you don’t know what it will be like. Some people don’t even know if they will be having a c-section or not until they are actively giving birth. No matter how you deliver, there will be a bit of bleeding. Here’s what to expect after giving birth.

After delivery, your body has to get rid of things that it was using when your baby was growing inside of you. Like a monthly menstrual cycle, the body lets it go in the same way, and this process is called lochia.

The first few days of lochia will be more intense than a period in terms of flow, but should taper off after about a week, sometimes less. However, many women continue to bleed slightly or spot for up to six weeks postpartum. This has everything to do with how much damage was done during the delivery, as well as the method of delivery.

Even if you are spotting for 6 weeks, this is still considered completely normal. It only becomes a problem if it doesn’t stop, as it may mean there is something else going on. If you are concerned at any time, talk to your doctor and get an examination to make sure everything is healing properly.

If you have had a c-section, there shouldn’t be any additional bleeding at the site. The wound will have to be washed frequently and dressed until it heals, which may take up to 3 weeks. Many women have pain for much longer than that, but that is also normal.

Make sure to eat right and drink plenty of fluids to heal your body faster, so you can get back to normal within a few months. You may not be aware, but your body starts the process of getting your uterus back to pre-birth size immediately after you deliver a baby. It is doing a lot of work to fix your body and get everything back into the right place, so don’t be alarmed if you experience a lot of pain during the first few weeks postpartum.