Most women will find the flow will vary throughout the day. It usually increases when you stand up after lying down for a while. You may have less discharge at night when you are lying down, but the flow might suddenly increase just after standing up in the morning, as a result of gravity. If you are breastfeeding you may notice the flow increasing as you actually breastfeed your baby.
You may also pass some clots, though they shouldn’t be too big. If you are concerned about anything to do with the amount or consistency of blood loss, then talk to your midwife or doctor. During the birth of your baby you may have had some grazes or a tear to the skin around the vaginal opening. These grazes are usually the cause of the stinging when you pass urine during the first few days following childbirth. It is very important to;
- Keep the area clean and dry
- Change your ‘Maternity pad’ regularly to avoid infection
- After every visit to the toilet, always wipe from the front to the back
- Wash yourself with plain water and dry gently with toilet tissue
- Drink plenty of water to dilute the urine
You should find that the stinging will go away after a few days. However, if it persists it could mean that you could have a ‘Urinary Infection’. Always report any signs of a ‘Urinary Infection’ to your midwife or doctor such as frequency, temperature, persistent burning or stinging when passing urine.
It is very important that you report this to your midwife or doctor. This should always be investigated. Keep track of how many ‘Maternity pads’ you use a day and the approximate number/size of the clots that you pass, as it is likely that you may be asked for this information.