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Until I got pregnant with my son, I had no idea what people talked about when they said the fourth trimester was the hardest.
Now let’s talk about the fourth trimester bleeding. So, no one told me that you could have postpartum bleeding for up to 12 weeks after giving birth. What’s crazy is that I have had “periods” every other week since I had Noah, and I’m over it y’all. Seriously!
How can I get my groove back if I’m continually changing pads? The 10.5 months of not having a period or bleeding almost don’t seem worth it lol. Sike, I’m joking. It took about 8-weeks for me to resume my menstrual after the lochia ended. After that, it took six weeks to taper off finally.
Lochia is the normal postpartum vaginal discharge. Blood, mucus, and placental tissue are discharged from a female’s vagina for several weeks after giving birth. If you want to learn more about my postpartum journey, click here to read this post about it.
This post is about the fourth trimester.
Postpartum Bleeding Stages
Giving birth leaves an “open wound” in your uterus after the placenta peace out of your vagina. It takes a while for the uterus to contract back down to size and heal from the childbirth process. As I’m writing this, I’m nine weeks postpartum from childbirth, so I still have about 3-weeks left before the bleeding should stop for good. It’s incredible what the body has to go through to bring life earth-side, but it is rewarding.
It can also take months for your uterus to contract back to its standard size. I pumped for the first four weeks until we found out Noah, my son, has a milk protein allergy. Keep in mind that I was still bleeding at this time.
Then I stopped (it was stressing me out), but I know I have to work extra hard to get back down to pre-baby size based on my family history. I honestly don’t even know how much I weigh because I always go by how I feel, and right now, I don’t feel like myself, so I know I have to work harder. Click here for the post about how to communicate with your baby.
How to stop postpartum bleeding faster
After childbirth, you usually lose 15-25 pounds depending on how big that baby was, and then the weight after that is your “gift.” I can tell I’m losing more, so I know I’ll be back to my standard size in no time over the next few months. And No, I’m not the crazy “I gotta snapback quick” chicks. I was preggo for 42 weeks, so I give myself mercy to at least take that time to get back to my size.
Plus, if you lose the weight too fast while still healing, you risk gaining it back and some, and I’m not doing that. Also, the bleeding can signify that there is a recovery issue. If you find that your bleeding is still happening, go back to your doctor.
Healing is another reason your menstrual might be off (which mines are now). Hopefully, I will go back to having normal regular periods, but honestly, I have no idea. My body is trying to recalibrate to resume right where it left off, but it has been out of wack.
Many mommas have told me their period changed after childbirth. Some said it was more substantial; some said it was lighter, and I’m just hoping I can get it stabilized. Mama’s in the Village – how long did it take for you to get your menstrual regulated? Did you experience heavier, lighter, or the same flow level as before?