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After giving birth, it is normal for a woman to experience bleeding and to pass some blood clots as the uterus contracts and becomes smaller.
During this recovery time, the woman’s body begins the process of restoring itself to a pre-pregnancy state and prepares for breastfeeding.
In this article, we look at what kind of bleeding to expect after childbirth and when to see a doctor.
Blood clots after birth
There are two types of blood clots that women may experience after childbirth:
Clots that are passed through the vagina in the days after birth, which are from the shedding of the womb’s lining and the detachment of the placenta.
Clots that happen inside the body’s veins — these are rare but can be life-threatening.
While some bleeding and clotting are to be expected, a woman should speak to a doctor about excessive or large clots, unusually heavy bleeding, or any worrisome symptoms.