Definition: The medical term for the vaginal bleeding and discharge that occurs after childbirth. Lochia contains blood, tissue from the placenta, and mucus.
There are three stages of lochia:
- Lochia rubra -- the first three to five days of postpartum vaginal discharge. Lochia rubra appears very bright red and contains a large amount of red blood cells.
- Lochia serosa -- occurs until about the tenth day after childbirth. Lochia serosa is thinner than lochia rubra and is brownish or pink.
- Lochia alba -- occurs next, lasting up to six weeks after childbirth. Lochia alba is white or yellowish-white.
Also Known As: postpartum bleeding, postpartum vaginal discharge, bleeding after childbirth
Examples:All women experience lochia after childbirth.