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Clots After Delivery

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I had a baby a little over 2 weeks ago and am still bleeding. It'll taper off for a day or so, then I'll pass a clot (usually about the size of a large grape) and that will re-start the bleeding again. This has happened twice since we left the hospital. I'm just wondering if this has happened to anyone else? This is my third baby. I had 1 clot after leaving the hospital with my second, but the bleeding stopped by about 2 weeks after delivery. Nothing like this happened with my first and the bleeding stopped after about a week. Generally I'm feeling good; breastfeeding is going well and I'm getting enough rest and eating healthily. My *only* concern is these clots.

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I never passed any clots that big and didn't notice them having any effect on my bleeding. I did however bleed for about 5 weeks. If I remember correctly, aren't the discharge instructions that you have to go see dr for any blood clots bigger than a dime? I wouldn't freak out just yet, but if you pass clots larger than a dime, I'd let the dr know. Sometimes, a piece of the placenta can be left behind and you don't want to ignore warning signs.

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I wouldn't be overly concerned. I think the rule of thumb is what others have said, a pad an hour or clots bigger than a golf ball. Remember, each pregnancy, delivery, baby and postpartum experience is different.

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I had that with my third. My midwife wasn't concerned and said I was fine. I wasn't filling a pad and hour or anything like that. My bleeding lasted the longest with my thrid. I think because I just could not stop taking care of my other kids. After my second we left 6 hours after birth, when we got home I carried my sleeping first son (3 yrs old) into the house while my husband carried the baby in. I bled more with my second and mores till with my first. I don't know why.

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It's been a while, but I do seem to remember having more clots with subsequent babies. Could also be that it's a different pregnancy, you're older, heavier, skinnier, have more kids to care for, etc. What I DO remember for sure is the doc telling me that clotting was normal, as long as it was smaller than the size of a golf ball, and bleeding was normal up to 6 weeks postpartum, but it is somewhat rare to bleed that long. I think the longest I bled after any of my 4 was about 4 weeks, and yes, I had the clotting too.

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Yes, it's normal. We just had our third baby three months ago and I had tons of clots this time. And once we got home I bled for over a month. It would taper down and then start again and I'd pass another clot. What FINALLY helped was I went for a 2 mile walk and that night passes a large clot which seemed to be the last....as the bleeding finished and didn't start back up again.

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Its probably normal--I think as long as you are not soaking a pad an hour or have clots the size of gold balls it is fine. I have only had one baby and my bleeding probably lasted about 3-4 weeks. I know the more I stayed off my feet and the less walking and stairs I did, the less clots I would seem to have. I know that is hard to do with 3 kiddos, but just take it a bit easier if you can! Of course check with your ob if you are concerned.

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I never passed any clots that big and didn't notice them having any effect on my bleeding. I did however bleed for about 5 weeks. If I remember correctly, aren't the discharge instructions that you have to go see dr for any blood clots bigger than a dime? I wouldn't freak out just yet, but if you pass clots larger than a dime, I'd let the dr know. Sometimes, a piece of the placenta can be left behind and you don't want to ignore warning signs.

I had the same thing happen to me. I was worried and went into the doctor just to find out it was pretty common and I had nothing to worry about. The doctor was correct.

But please if you can go to the doctor! It's would be better to get this checked out than wait longer I think. But I am basing my opinion on my scary experience with bleeding....in which I lost way too much blood after my second pregnancy...it doesn't sound like you are bleeding like that...but still if you can get it checked out -

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