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Bleeding & Pain 6 Weeks Postpartum

by Jerri Colonero, RN, BS |
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Q. I am 6 weeks postpartum and initially had red lochia for 2 weeks then it turned brown then back to red with extreme abdominal pain. I went to the E.R. and was told to massage my uterus. Two weeks later, I am still bleeding with clots. I went for my 6 week appointment and the doctor said eveything was fine. However, I have sharp pains sometimes and am still bleeding. It wasn't like this with my first pregnancy. What's going on?

A. Clots and abdominal pain at 6 weeks postpartum are not normal. Where your obstetrician was not concerned, I would suggest that you run your symptoms by your primary care provider. Perhaps he or she would agree that a second opinion from another obstetrician is warranted.

Jerri Colonero RN

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bridget Aug 3, 2012 02:57:21 PM ET

Well im 5 weeks pp i will be offically 6 weeks pp and im keep geeling sick, i have no bleeding or nothing and like strong smells still get to me, my period supose to come on august 7 hopefully it comes on . is this normal

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Megan Apr 30, 2012 09:55:10 PM ET

I am 7 weeks postpartum and i had my first period 2 weeks ago, it wasn't bad but a week later i started again and this time its heavier and i am now experiencing lower abdomen pain. its nothing like cramps, it hurts to barely push or to curl my legs up to my chest. should i go to the er or what???

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palace Jan 21, 2012 04:35:20 PM ET

Well found out am 6 week period going off and on haven pain in d lower of my stomach dr said am at high risk went 2 pea an i had a small clot my first pregnancy wht should i do

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Leah Oct 29, 2011 10:52:09 AM ET

I feel exactly the same way! sick, lightheaded, and there are times when my stomach feel like someone is reaching in a pinching it with all thier might! it's not like a contraction, more like extreme gas pains or something. i'm not quite at 2 weeks postpartum but i was on the way to being recovered when this just started all of a sudden. i soak a pad fairly quickly and i'm wondering wether i should call my dr. too!

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colleen Aug 10, 2011 09:06:24 AM ET

Its been 9weeks since i had my 3rd child and iv got constant bleeding soaking a pad in an hour,large clots and cramps,i feel tired,sick and dizzy,my doctor said it was fine and should take a bit longer to settle but i dnt feel ok

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tina Jun 4, 2011 05:22:36 PM ET

I'm 4 weeks pp and i had 4th degree tear, i still bleeding (spot blood) and it has odor... and everytime i'm walking i feel the stitches is so pain like pulling me down so i can't walk straight with my back straight. is it normal? please help me.

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Jennifer May 13, 2011 02:06:19 AM ET

I'm still light bleeding after 12 weeks. is this really normal? could i have anemia?

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ash Feb 11, 2011 10:39:17 PM ET

Its been three months and im bleeding on and off and having sharp stabbing pains?

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gab Jul 12, 2010 11:17:47 AM ET

Im now 9 weeks postpartum, but at 3 weeks i was still going through 7 maternity pads a day. and after passing a massive clot i went to my doctor and she notified me that it was not normal to be bleeding so much after birth. i then went for an ultrasound and it turned out i had retained placenta and an infection, to get rid of the leftover matter i was booked in to undergo a d & c but was relieved when my bleeding had slowed down by week 4 and instead of having the procedure underwent afew cycles of different antibiotics.. so i would go to your dr or obstetrician and ask about the different reasons to why you may still be bleeding.

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Mary May 6, 2010 06:00:39 PM ET

I am 6weeks postpartm i am still bleeding heavy. well at first it was heavy then it started becoming lighter to the point it was gone but now i'm bleeding again very heavily where i have to change my maternity pad every 30mins. i also have to wear a tampon otherwise i would have to change my pad every 10mins. it just feels like i'm losing alot of blood. is this my period already???? i'm breastfeeding less than bottlefeeding.

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