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lochia

 [lo´ke-ah]
a vaginal discharge occurring after childbirth. Lochia discharge should be checked every 15 minutes for the first hour after delivery, once every hour for the first 8 hours, and then every 8 hours. adj., adj lo´chial.
lochia al´ba the final vaginal discharge after childbirth, largely mucus, when the amount of blood is decreased and the leukocytes are increased; it is usually of 10 to 14 days' duration but may last for 6 weeks.
lochia cruen´ta lochia rubra.
lochia purulen´ta lochia alba.
lochia ru´bra that occurring immediately after childbirth, consisting of blood, fragments of decidua, and mucus. It usually lasts from 1 to 3 days.
lochia sanguinolen´ta (lochia sero´sa) the vaginal discharge occurring 3 to 10 days after delivery. It is pink or brown-tinged and contains blood, mucus, and leukocytes.

lo·chi·a

(lō'kē-ă),
Discharges from the vagina of mucus, blood, and tissue debris, following childbirth.
[G. neut. pl. of lochios, relating to childbirth, fr. lochos, childbirth]

lochia

(lō′kē-ə, lŏk′ē-ə)
pl.n. Medicine
The normal uterine discharge of blood, tissue, and mucus from the vagina after childbirth.

lo′chi·al adj.

lo·chi·a

(lō'kē-ă)
Discharge from the vagina of mucus, blood, and tissue debris, following childbirth.
[G. neut. pl. of lochios, relating to childbirth, fr. lochos, childbirth]

lochia

The discharge of blood, mucus and particles of tissue from the womb, mainly coming from site of the afterbirth (PLACENTA), during the first 2 or 3 weeks after birth. The discharge is red for the first 3 or 4 days and usually disappears by about the tenth day. Offensive-smelling lochia suggests infection and is a danger sign.
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The access is also denied to sources of water, since the impurity of lochia will spoil it (in Moldavian villages, small red worms are believed to appear in fountains after confined women take water from them).
(60) The Yummy Mummy doesn't like any of her own bodily fluids, whether menstrual blood, amniotic fluid, lochia, sweat, urine, or leaking breastmilk.
Postoperative checks for the mother are as usual but it is important to observe that vaginal loss (lochia) is within the norm for birth.
Involution involves expulsion of the fluid remains of the placenta (lochia), repair of the endometrium, and reduction in size of the uterus accompanied by an increase in its tone.
Lochia (normal discharge seen after delivery) will initially be red (bloody color).
(4) For example, women could not be 'churched' until their vaginal discharge (lochia) has stopped and 'unchurched' she could not re-join the community.
According to women's reports, only 10% were asked about bleeding after vaginal birth, and only 13% had their lochia (discharge from the uterus during the puerperium) checked.
In the community with whom I work, a woman is considered unclean from the rupture of her membranes until the stopping of lochia some weeks later.
Gynecologists advise that intercourse can usually be safely resumed when the lochial loss has ceased at approximately 3 to 4 weeks after delivery (lochia is the tissue, cells, blood, and bacteria discharged from the vagina after birth) (Masters & Johnson, 1966).
The hospital unit should have peripads available to assist the mother who may still have lochia being expelled.
It is normal to have a discharge, called lochia, for at least four weeks - it has usually disappeared by six weeks.