Seems like I can't catch a break. After a wonderful, smooth pregnancy, my recovery has been kind of sucky: a pretty bad bout of the blues (which seems to be getting better now, thank goodness), my first ever bout of mastitis, and now postpartum bleeding issues.
I am almost 4 weeks out from Scarlett's birth now, and earlier this week it seemed like my bleeding was petering out (it hadn't stopped, but seemed like it was getting lighter). Then suddenly yesterday I started bleeding heavily again - dark red (fresh, not old) blood, like a heavy period. I was annoyed, but didn't think too much about it until last evening, we took the kiddos and went out to a local concert in the park (where I just sat with the baby), and I could feel the blood running out of me. I knew that when I got up, I was going to have a mess on my hands, and sure enough, when we got home, I went into the bathroom and I had soaked through my maxi pad and through my clothes, and while I was on the toilet, I passed a pingpong ball sized blood clot. Now I was kind of freaked out. I called my midwife and she isn't all that concerned. She thinks I'm probably just overdoing it. Well, I can tell you that yesterday I mostly just sat around at a friend's pool while the kids swam. Aside from yesterday, I don't really think I'm unreasonably exerting myself. Yes, I do have a lot of kids to take care of, but I'm not running marathons or moving heavy furniture or anything - just usual activity. So why the heck am I bleeding so heavily again this far out from the birth? This morning, it's continuing - I'm soaking through a pad every couple hours. Usually I bleed for 4 - 5 weeks postpartum, but the last couple weeks are very light - nothing like this. And yes, I have always gotten my periods back within 6 - 7 weeks postpartum (even with nursing on demand around the clock) but I can't imagine this could be a period when I never even stopped PP bleeding - so my body never had a chance yet to build up a lining to shed with a period.
I'm stumped. And concerned. And frustrated. I don't want to overreact, but wondering if anyone can shed some light on this??