Postpartum losses, how long they last and how to manage them

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Contents

  • 1 What are postpartum losses
  • 2 Post-partum losses: how they present themselves
  • 3 How long do postpartum losses last
  • 4 Postpartum loss after 40 days
  • 5 Foul-smelling post-partum losses
  • 6 Post partum and head of parental losses
  • 7 How to manage postpartum losses
  • 8 MyModernsParents consiglia: Lines Specialist Maternity
  • 9 The 4 good reasons to choose Maternity Pants
  • 10 The other advantages of Maternity Pants
  • 11 The available sizes
  • 12 Where do you buy Maternity Pants
  • 13 What mothers think about Pants Maternity

The technical term is lochiations, but we mothers call them - much more simply - post-partum losses. They are fully part of the "package" of events that occur after giving birth and are a completely normal and temporary phenomenon. Even if you are still pregnant, here we try to explain what it is, how long the losses last, which behaviors are best to adopt, which sanitary pads to use and so on. In this way we will find you ready and prepared.



What are postpartum losses

Lootations are the losses that occur in every woman immediately after giving birth. They are composed of blood, mucus, tissue residues, such as the mucous membrane of the endometrium. They are caused by the detachment of the placenta (afterbirth), by the trauma that childbirth has caused in the mother's body (a baby of about 3 kilos passes through the vaginal canal, it is not a trivial matter) and by the return of the uterus to normal.

Women who give birth by cesarean also have postpartum losses. Even if surgically, the placenta is still detached from the uterus and this results in an injury. Usually, however, the lootations after a cesarean are less abundant and last a little less because with natural birth the blood arrives not only from the uterine cavity due to the detachment of the placenta, but also from the cervix and vaginal canal which are more " traumatized ".



Post-partum losses: how they occur

The amount and appearance of losses change over time. At first they are very abundant and the presence of any clots should not worry. As the days pass, the losses are more and more liquid and scarce, until they disappear. The color also changes. The first days it is bright red, gradually the losses darken and then become yellow and finally white. At this point they finish.

How long do postpartum losses last?

Typically, lootations last 3-6 weeks. They correspond to what in the jargon is called the puerperium, that is 40 days after the birth. It is no coincidence that the first visit to the gynecologist is scheduled after this period, when there are no more leaks and the uterus returns to normal.

The duration varies from woman to woman. In those who breastfeed, the losses often end a little earlier. Sucking causes uterine contractions which, in turn, speed up the return to the pre-pregnancy condition.

Postpartum losses after 40 days

Generally speaking, having losses up to 50 days after birth is considered physiological, if the various phases are respected (abundant red lootations which then progressively decrease and disappear). However, if you have bright red blood loss beyond 40 days, if there are clots or discomfort, you should notify your gynecologist. Although this is not frequent, it may happen that some residue (for example, placenta) remains in the uterine cavity. If this fact is ascertained with an ultrasound, it is necessary to intervene surgically to remove it to avoid dangerous infections.


Foul-smelling post-partum losses

Normal postpartum blood loss is not foul-smelling. If, on the other hand, you notice that they give off a bad smell, if they have a greenish color or if you feel itchy, you must notify your doctor. They could be the signs of an infectious process in progress that must be treated promptly. This happens more often if you have had an episiotomy, the cut of the perineum that is done to facilitate expulsion of the baby.


Losses after birth and foreman

By head of the birth, we mean the first menstruation after childbirth. They therefore have nothing to do with lochiations. They are in fact two completely different things. When not breastfeeding, the foreman occurs on average 2-3 months after giving birth to their baby. On the contrary, breastfeeding (especially when prolonged and exclusive, compatibly with weaning) delays the return of menstruation by even several months. The losses we are talking about therefore should not be confused with the head of the ward because they begin immediately after giving birth.

How to manage postpartum losses

First of all, very careful intimate hygiene is essential. The first few days, the tampon should be changed very often and it is advisable to wash each time, even if only with lukewarm water. On the market there are many very delicate and specific intimate cleansers for the puerperium. It is important not to alter the bacterial flora.

Many new mothers wonder if sexual intercourse is allowed with lochiations. It would be better to avoid, at least until the first visit with the gynecologist. This gives your reproductive system time to recover.


Let's move on to the products. Gynecologists advise against internal ones. The stagnation of the blood favors the proliferation of bacteria that could cause infections. Better therefore to opt for the classic ones. In the hospital lists they will give precise indications. In general, disposable mesh panties are recommended in which to insert an absorbent product for the person (often shaped or diapers) which must be long, wide and capable of absorbing a lot of liquid, especially at the beginning.

Dear mothers, for your childbirth suitcase we offer you an alternative idea that you will certainly like.

MyModernsParents consiglia: Lines Specialist Maternity

Lines Special Maternity is the new line of Lines Specialists designed to help mothers manage postpartum losses in the most comfortable and practical way possible. Are you ready to say goodbye to the discomfort of "mega" sanitary towels and to welcome Maternity Pants? Try these disposable panties with the built-in tampon once and you will never leave them. And now we explain why.


The 4 good reasons to choose Maternity Pants

  1. They support the abdomen loosely. Immediately after giving birth, after 9 months of a belly, the abdomen suddenly "relaxes". The Pants by Lines wrap and support it lightly, without compressing. They are very soft to the touch, so they don't bother even in the case of a cesarean wound, and they have a very feminine design. They can be removed very simply by tearing the side seam.
  1. Recommended by moms. Who better than a mother can advise other mothers? None, of course! Two hundred of them tested Lines Specialist Pants Maternity after giving birth. They were very satisfied and judged it perfect in case of lochiations. Read their comments below.
  1. Dermatologically tested. The Maternity Pants have a built-in absorbent which is in contact with the skin. The filter has been dermatologically tested and studied to offer delicacy and a pleasant sensation, despite leaks.
  1. They absorb quickly. The Lines panty has the advantage of absorbing all types of losses, from the most abundant to the lightest ones. The thin filter, which “disappears” under her clothes, has a remarkable absorbent capacity, making the new mother feel at ease and at ease with her in any situation.

The other advantages of the Maternity Pants

The greatest strength of the Specialist Maternity Line is comfort, which reaches very high standards. Think for example of the classic mesh panties. Often they squeeze, pull, do not block the tampon well. Maternity Pants, on the other hand, are worn as normal underwear, giving a pleasant feeling under clothing. And you can wear anything - your panties won't even show.

Then think about the size of the normal pads used for post-partum losses: they are large, long, bulky and, although they have wings or adhesives, they do not necessarily remain firmly on the slip. And this can be a problem especially in the first few days when blood loss is very abundant. Spills are unpleasant, they risk getting stained and embarrassing, especially if you are away from home and do not have the ability to change on the fly. Maternity Pants are the simplest and most handy solution you have.

The measures available

The panties of the Lines Specialist Maternity line are available in two sizes, to meet the needs of every mother, from the thinnest to the most robust:

  • Medium: fits sizes 40 to 44 (70-100cm abdominal circumference).
  • Large: corresponds to sizes ranging from 44 to 54 (95-125 centimeters).  

Where to buy Maternity Pants

The Lines Specialist Maternity line can be found on the Lines Specialist online shop (click HERE to visit it). The purchase is very simple and can be done with Visa credit cards, MasterCard, Postepay, Paypal or with a bank transfer. Delivery is always free and you can choose two delivery options: standard on the street level (2-4 working days) or by appointment on the floor.

If you need help ordering online, you can call toll free 800-991500. The return is free within 14 days. Furthermore, if you wish to try a product, you can ask for a free sample: you will receive it free of charge and with no obligation to purchase in the future.

And there is also an interesting promotion. At the time of purchase, by entering the promotional code MATERNITY10 you are entitled to a discount of 10 euros. An opportunity not to be missed.

What mothers think of Maternity Pants

“They are thin. Indeed to be honest they are very thin. They are so thin that I wanted to wear them under jeans for several days. I wore them without any problems to leave the house without feeling embarrassed ”- Giada.

“Worn instead of briefs, they allow you to wrap your body well and ensure safety and protection without the risk of unexpected movements and spills” - Elisa.

“Compared to the more absorbent giant mesh ones they are much more comfortable, cute, feminine, discreet and available in both medium and large sizes” - Giorgia Vittoria.

"They are very comfortable, soft, do not irritate, absorb a lot" - Micol.

"The fact that the tampon is already included in the panty prevents it from moving constantly and also the panty supports the belly well and it was also useful for me to keep the bandage that covered the points of my wound in place" - Giulia.

“During my stay in the hospital and throughout the post-partum period I decided to use disposable panties, choosing first of all comfort combined with quality” - Sabrina.

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