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Bleeding after the birth

After the birth, you will bleed from your vagina. This will be quite heavy at first, which is why you'll need super-absorbent sanitary towels. Do not use tampons until after your 6-8 week postnatal check as they can cause infections.

While breastfeeding you may notice that the bleeding is redder and heavier. You may also feel cramps like period pains, known as 'after pains'. This is because breastfeeding causes the womb (uterus) to contract.

Gradually the bleeding will become a brownish colour and may continue for some weeks until it stops. If you find you are losing blood in large clots, you should save your sanitary towels to show the midwife. She can then confirm whether they are blood clots, or rarely pieces of placenta or membranes.

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