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at December 15th, 2007 (12:36 pm)
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I'm hoping this isn't just me...

So I got my period back on Thursday and ever since it's been taking over my life for the past few days. I'm pretty sure it's my period and not lochia because I'm not bf. It really really sucks and makes me want to hurt people because I have to change my pad AND tampon every 3 hours. That never happened to me before, I'm also wearing a super size tampon which I've never had to wear before. I don't really know what I'm saying here I guess I'm just trying to make sure I'm not the only one going through this, especially since I can't call my doctor this weekend.

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Posted by: rparker (rparker)
Posted at: December 16th, 2007 12:15 am (UTC)

Any bleeding when you are less than 8 weeks postpartum is considered lochia. If you are going through both a tampon and a pad every three hours that is not normal and you should call your OB or go to the emergency room. (If you were having to change just a pad alone every three hours when you are less than 8 weeks postpartum you are supposed to call your OB.) It as a bad idea not to seek medical attention for bleeding like you are describing because it could be an indication that your body did not completely expel the placenta which can lead to a severe uterine infection. And why are you not breastfeeding?

Posted by: me (betterthanthat)
Posted at: December 16th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)

i was really scared when i typed this but it seems as though it has slowed down over the past few hours. is there cramping with lochia? i stopped bleeding at 3 weeks and didn't have any cramping with that, but for now all cramps have stopped. i stopped bf after a week because of the situation with my boyfriend. it was a pretty crazy week emotionally and physically.

Posted by: rparker (rparker)
Posted at: December 17th, 2007 06:19 am (UTC)

is there cramping with lochia? i stopped bleeding at 3 weeks and didn't have any cramping with that, but for now all cramps have stopped.

The reason that it is incredibly unlikely that your bleeding is a "true" period rather than lochia is because you would have had to ovulated about 2 weeks prior to when the bleeding began... while not impossible, it would be very, very uncommon. There can be cramping with lochia. All cramping indicates is that your uterus is contracting (which it does quite a lot of in the weeks postpartum in order to return to its normal size even if you don't feel it).

Lots of things can trigger the return of lochia, including both physical and mental stress, although (like I said before) heavy bleeding can be a sign of infection. The standard discharge papers that I was given when I left the hospital said that anything more than a pad every three hours should be checked out. My bleeding was heavier than that about 1 week postpartum, so my OB gave me a prescription that helped my uterus to contract down faster and made the bleeding lessen a lot. My bleeding stopped around three weeks and began again around six (lasting a few days), but it was almost definitely caused by a failed IUD insertion.

i stopped bf after a week because of the situation with my boyfriend. it was a pretty crazy week emotionally and physically.

Your baby is still young enough that you could probably re-lactate pretty easily. There are so many benefits to breastfeeding (and serious risks to using formula) that you should really consider it. Breastfeeding longer is also really beneficial to your own health and lowers your risk of cancer. The ladies over in breastfeeding would be able to give you information and support on beginning to breastfeed again.

Posted by: me (betterthanthat)
Posted at: December 17th, 2007 04:36 pm (UTC)

so of course after i typed my latest response the bleeding has almost stopped, and was really only heavy for that one day. thanks for all of the explanation though, that's probably more information than my dr gave me :(

i originally really wanted to breastfeed, bought a pump and everything. the bf was also really supportive and has actually yelled at me for stopping so yea i kinda feel like crap. but sadly using formula has actually worked best for the situation that we're in :'(

Posted by: Christine (timecankill)
Posted at: December 16th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)

well I thank god I have not gotten my period back yet, I hope to not get it back until Bf'ing is done, if I can be so lucky!
However, Bf'ing did not work out with my daughter 3 yrs ago and I can assure that what you are going through is normal, I had it and did call my dr and they said the only time they would worry at all would be if it was a pad an hr. and even then it could be nothing.
It will be pretty rough the first couple periods you get but it does get back to normal.

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