Vaginal discharge made up of mucus, blood, and tissue that continues after delivery for up to six weeks. Usually bright red and as heavy or heavier than a period in the first few days after birth, then gradually tapering off.
Vaginal discharge of blood, mucus and tissue that continues for about four to six weeks after delivery. Varying in amount and color, lochia typically begins as bright red, like a menstrual period, and progresses to a brownish-yellow discharge.
The vaginal discharge that follows delivery. Initially it is comprised of blood, endometrial decidua and fetal lanugo, vernix and meconium, and some placental tissue. Its red tinge earns it the name lochia rubra. After about three days blood diminishes and is replaced by placental serous material and lymph. Thinner and darker in color, it is called lochia fusca. During the second week after delivery the fluid is filled with white blood cells and bacteria along with other material that causes a change to a yellowish color, called lochia purulenta or flava. After the second week the quantity of material and flow is greatly diminished and it takes on a thicker consistency and grayish color. Lochia alba usually ceases after about six weeks.
Discharge of blood, mucus and tissue from the placental implantation site and the uterus after the birth of a baby. May continue several weeks and vary in amount. Begins red, gradually clearing to colorless serum.
a discharge from the uterus and vagina that occurs after delivery. Lochia appears bloody for the first three to four days. It changes to a pinkish-brown within a week of delivery, and then to white or yellow. Lochia will appear less bloody after two weeks, but can continue for six to eight weeks postpartum.
In the field of obstetrics, lochia is post-partum vaginal discharge, containing blood, mucus, and placental tissue. Lochia discharge typically continues for 4 to 6 weeks after childbirth and progresses through three stages.