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Bleeding day after mikveh, seven weeks postpartum

19 January, 2017

Question:

I had a baby 7.5 weeks ago. I stopped bleeding two weeks postpartum. I counted seven clean days and went to the mikvah. Three weeks later, when I was six weeks postpartum I began bleeding again, I assumed this was my period. I waited five days, then counted seven clean days and went to the mikvah. The morning after I went to the mikvah, (now 7.5 weeks postpartum) I began bleeding again. What do I do? Do I need to wait 5 days before counting seven clean days?


Answer:

Mazal tov on the birth of your baby!

It is very common for postpartum bleeding to come and go in waves, much as you have experienced. However, if this happens yet again, it would be reasonable to consult with your gynecologist.

If you did become niddah again the morning after mikveh, then you will have to wait the five days and count another set of seven clean days.  If you haven't had a full fledged flow, but rather heavy staining (also common postpartum), then it is possible that you are not in fact in niddah.  Please see our articles "Stains" and "Toilet Paper" for more information and please get back to us with any follow up questions.

Doctor permitting, you might also find it helpful to take bioflavonoids (1000 mg three times a day) or ibuprofen during this period to reduce staining.

Please write back with any further questions.


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