What Does Lochia Smell Like?

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Is foul smelling lochia normal?

Does lochia smell? Yes, lochia can have a distinct odor, similar to menstrual blood. But if your lochia has a foul smell or you come down with fever or chills, call your doctor. That can be a sign of a postpartum infection.

What does lochia consist of?

Lochia is the menstrual period-like discharge women experience after giving birth. It's made up of the mucous membrane lining the uterus during pregnancy, as well as red and white blood cells being shed.

Why does my lochia stink?

The lochia smells strange.

If your blood loss smells strange or bad, you may have an infection in your womb. Or you could have an infection from any tears you sustained while giving birth, in your vagina or perineum (the bit between your vagina and bottom).

What is abnormal lochia?

If you have a vaginal delivery or Cesarean section, you'll have vaginal bleeding and discharge after birth. This is known as lochia. It's how your body gets rid of the extra blood and tissue in your uterus that helped your baby grow. Bleeding is heaviest the first few days after your baby is born.

Can I get pregnant with lochia?

No, it's not true. It is possible to get pregnant before your periods start again after giving birth. You'll ovulate about two weeks before you have a period. This means you'll have been fertile again during that time but you won't necessarily know it.

How do you shower postpartum?

Bathing. You may take baths but do not use any bubble baths, soaps, salts or oils. If you have had a cesarean section, it is important to keep your incision site clean. You should pat the area gently and keep it dry after showering.

Is it normal for your VAG to itch after birth?

Physical status, post-vaginal delivery

Both are totally normal. At this point though, the bleeding shouldn't be heavy. You may start to feel vaginal itchiness, which is caused by the area starting to heal.

Overall, pregnant women showed a decreased olfactory sensitivity in the third trimester compared with controls, and the decrease was still present after delivery. Odor thresholds, but not odor discrimination or odor identification, were significantly decreased during the third trimester of pregnancy and the postpartum.

If you have a vaginal delivery or Cesarean section, you'll have vaginal bleeding and discharge after birth. This is known as lochia. It's how your body gets rid of the extra blood and tissue in your uterus that helped your baby grow. Bleeding is heaviest the first few days after your baby is born.

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