Lochia refers to the first vaginal discharge after delivering the child, it contains blood, mucus, and placental tissues. It usually lasts for about 6 weeks. After delivering, all mums must watch out for the amount, color and smell of lochia. Mothers must be alert if there is sudden increase in the amount of lochia or there is a change of smell of lochia.
Color of Lochia
In the first stage called lochia rubra which lasts for about 4 to 5 days, lochia will be red in color due to large amount of blood in it.
In the second stage called lochia serosa, lochia will be pink or brown in color. Amount of blood in it has significantly reduced. This stage usually will last for about 2 weeks. If it lasts more than 3 weeks, mother should refer to doctors for advice and help.
Lochia alba is the third stage. The color of the lochia has now turn white or yellowish white. It now contains much less red blood cells and is made up of mucus, leukocytes. It usually lasts from fourth weeks to sixth weeks after delivery.
If lochia continues after six weeks, mother should seek doctor's help immediately.