Lochia - Yellow-green discharge postpartum Early Care

Yellow-green discharge postpartum is also known as Lochia, it is a condition when you have vaginal discharge after childbirth. It consists of blood, mucus, uterine tissue, and other materials from your uterus.

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There are three stages of lochia bleeding. Bleeding is heavy for the first few days but papers are off over several weeks.



What is lochia & its symptoms?


lochia or postpartum vaginal discharge appears after the child's birth. If you have postpartum bleeding then you will experience in your discharge mix blood with mucus and a few parts of uterine tissue in your discharge. 

While having this you may have a musty-like odor as a woman experiences during menstrual discharge which may last for the next few weeks. 

Lochia is heavy at first but gradually subsides to a lighter flow until it goes away. This can last for a few weeks. lochia or postpartum bleeding is a normal condition and most of the time does not cause any serious complications in women in future


What does lochia look like after appears?


According to your condition, there may be some differences while having Lochia but they all are almost the same in color texture, and amount. It begins as blood before tapering to whitish mucus.


You may have experienced continuous three to four days 


of light or dark red discharge, these are signs of lochia or postpartum discharge. You may experience sometimes heavy vaginal flow and smell too, and sometimes blood clots. You should change your pad every two or three hours to keep yourself infection-free.


As your time passes you may experiences that lochia becoming watery and turning pinkish-brown in color. And it is flowing may decreases that may create some problems while using the pad.

As you have crossed two weeks you will experience that your lochia became changed and you will experience a cream-like yellow color discharge. While suffering from this condition you may use panties for your safety.


 What are the stages of lochia?


Lochia has three stages. The time taken by each stage may be different than the previous.

 Lochia is postpartum bleeding and vaginal discharge. And can last up to six weeks or more so keep in touch with your doctor.


Does Lochia Rubra cause serious conditions? 


Dark or bright red blood

Lasts for three to four days

Flows like a heavy period

Small clots are normal

Mild, period-like cramping


Signs and symptoms of Second Stage of Lochia 


Pinkish brown discharge that’s less bloody looking

Thinner and more watery than lochia rubra

Lasts for four to 12 days

Flow is moderate

Less clotting or no clots


What are the signs of the last stage of Lochia?


Yellowish white discharge

Little to no blood

Light flow or spotting

Lasts from about `12 days to six weeks

No clots


What is lochia consist of?


Lochia is postpartum bleeding and discharge. It is a part of your pregnancy and while having it your uterus is going to make it fresh and remove useless blood tissues and other materials from the uterus which were important during pregnancy.


Lochia is made up of:


The tissue lining of your uterus

Amniotic fluid

Bacteria and microorganisms

Any leftover fetal membranes

Cervical mucus.

Lochia will smell like menstrual blood. Expert’s opinions are it is musty, metallic, sour, or maybe stale. However, it shouldn’t smell fishy or foul. It may be a sign of bacterial infection inside your vagina.


Why does my discharge smell postpartum?


Postpartum discharge is the storage of nine months which appears after the child's birth as a form of lochia. 

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While having conceived women do not menstruate that’s why you may feel some smells or odor while discharging during pregnancy you should to keep maintain good hygiene and contact your health provider they will help you to keep odor-free pregnancy sometimes smell is due to infections so a regular check-up is useful.

How long does postpartum bleeding last?


It can vary between people, but lochia typically lasts about six weeks to eight weeks depending on your health condition.

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How is lochia different from a period?


Lochia and menstrual blood are similar at certain points and they have their identity according to their smell color of discharge and amount. It is seen that lochia and menstrual blood are almost the same. 

The biggest difference between menstrual blood and lochia is, that lochia lasts longer than menstrual flows and its types are different A typical period lasts about one week. The average duration of lochia is at least six weeks in most women.


What can make lochia worsen the periods?


Lochia is different for every person according to their present health condition. They have different colors, consistency, and duration but your health condition determines how long they will last with you.

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It may be different according to your physical activity such as walking or using stairs they change discharge amount and its consistency.

While breastfeeding

While going to bed or standing position may worsen your lochia

How to treat Lochia symptoms at Home?


Healing after childbirth takes several weeks. take it easy and get as much rest as possible during this time. Here are some home tips for treating lochia

You should use only extra-large heavy bleeding control paid up to six weeks of postpartum. Plan on going through several large, thick pads per day for at least a week!


It is advisable for every woman who is suffering from postpartum yellow discharge is don’t use a tampon or don’t try to insert anything without her doctor's permission.


It may increase bacteria inside your vagina that can cause several vaginal infections. You should wear cotton pants that will help you to stay hygienic. Lochia may stain your clothes.


Give your body time to heal and wait until your conditions get well don’t use extra physical activities avoiding this can worsen your situation and can cause other infections so keep in mind those points and do as directed.



You should change your pad at regular intervals to avoid any infections and keep in mind that doesn’t insert anything into your vagina for a long time it may cause serious infections.

How can one infected lochia?


To identify you are infected you must check your discharge color it may be greenish-color and foul-smelling. Contact your healthcare provider as they may want to check for infection.


When should I call to doctor?


Lochia doesn’t typically cause complications. But check your discharge color and its smell and call your doctor if you see anything unusual. Here are some examples of abnormal bleeding or discharge you should know them.

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There are some other symptoms that need medical support read them carefully


Greenish vaginal discharge

Foul-smelling odor

Excessive bleeding or discharge

Large, golf-ball-sizes clots or excessive clotting

Fever, chills, or flu-like symptoms

Swelling or pain around your vaginal area

Dizziness or feeling like you may faint.

Excessive cramping or pelvic pain


Final words…

Yellow discharge after postpartum is also known as lochia while suffering from lochia women need more care and attention for a healthy life. Yellow discharge maybe finishes after a few weeks of postpartum time it takes longer time than usual.

You need some medical care if you experience any problems while having lochia you can take support. Hope you will like this post if yes then share this with your loved one.

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