Women spend a lot of time learning about the changes that happen in their bodies during pregnancy but may not devote as much to what happens after childbirth. Many changes occur in the body following the delivery of a baby, and some women experience significant postpartum events. One of the most common is lochia or bleeding after pregnancy.
Lochia is a normal part of involution, the body returning to its prepregnant state. In part, lochia results from the layers of the endometrium sloughing away after delivery to heal the placental site. Involution is a complex process that also includes the uterus contracting and returning to a smaller size and the return of ovarian function. There are many changes at the cellular level, as well.
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