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Difference between lochia and regular period 04090510 Due May 7; 2 kids; Ralston, NE, United States 24595 posts
10th Jul '10

I'll be going on 6 weeks postpartum shortly and my bleeding has been very erratic. It started out heavy immediately after birth, of course, but since then it varies from heavy to nothing -- even on the same day! Sometimes I'll fill a pad, other times I'll spot, and other times there won't be any blood on the toilet paper when I go to the bathroom or on the pad.



How am I to tell when I've gotten my regular period back? I'm not on BC pills yet (though that is what my physician prescribed and had sent to the pharmacy for me on Thursday) and am pumping and formula-feeding, so I don't think I've got any setbacks there. And I haven't cramped any.



Yes this was my 2nd birth so I should know this by now, but I had my daughter over a year ago so it's kind of hard to remember what all happened with my bleeding once I'd delivered her. Thanks in advance, anyone who answers.

ρiηkie ρie 3 kids; 3 angel babies; Kentucky 21902 posts
10th Jul '10

I'm almost 4 weeks pp and I'm wondering the same thing. My bleeding is pretty erratic too and it actually stopped completely for a few days. This morning? I'm bleeding again, almost like I'm having my period and I'm crampy. I have no idea what to make of this. Surely it's too soon to have my first pp period right?

Meggg ツ 3 kids; Leland, North Carolina 132 posts
10th Jul '10

My lochia/bleeding was just like that. And whenever the lochea turned more mucousy color than red -- it turned into my period..



I got my 1st PP period at 6 weeks, and was regular ever since.

Kyla[♥Paige&Gabe] 18 kids; Japan 2975 posts
10th Jul '10

I had troubles with that too... it got so bad I went to the ER and got all checked out and everything. The doc just told me basically it was my body starting to regulate. Maybe by next month you will be on track?!