from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. Medicine The normal uterine discharge of blood, tissue, and mucus from the vagina after childbirth.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Normal post-partum vaginal discharge; blood, mucus, and placental tissue that are discharged from a female's vagina (similar to menstruation) for several weeks after she has given birth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. The discharge from the womb and vagina which follows childbirth.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In medicine, the evacuations from the womb and vagina which follow childbirth.
- n. In Greek myth, a surname of the goddess Artemis (Diana), as the protectress of women in childbirth.
- n. [NL.] A genus of noctuid moths of the subfamily Cosmiinæ, based upon the Australian L. apicalis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. substance discharged from the vagina (cellular debris and mucus and blood) that gradually decreases in amount during the weeks following childbirth
The bleeding that happens after the birth is called lochia.
This discharge, called lochia, is blood mixed with material from the uterine lining that supported the baby in the womb.
They call it lochia, and technically it isn’t just blood, but a combination of blood, mucus, and tissue from your uterus.
After birth, you’ll have a lot of vaginal bleeding called lochia.
You continue to lose blood in your lochia for a few weeks.
Within ten days, lochia diminishes and becomes pale pink or rust in color.
You quickly begin passing lochia, the heavy red discharge made of the extra blood and fluid that supported your pregnancy and the uterine lining that sustained your baby.
Women who have C-sections may have lochia for a shorter period of time, because much of this material is removed during surgery.
Like lochia, uterine cramping is a normal part of recovery from childbirth.
Doctors and midwives tell you to wait until your stitches are healed and your vaginal flow lochia is almost gone.