Der Wochenfluss nach der Geburt

The postpartum flow:🤰 A loving companion through the postpartum phase [tips and tricks]

By Fabian Scholz


Congratulations on the birth of your little miracle. The time after birth is a phase full of new experiences and challenges. One of the many things you will experience as a new mom is lochia. This natural and important phase is an essential part of postpartum healing and recovery. Here, we lovingly explain what lochia is, how it occurs, and how you can best support this time, including the use of a perineal or intimate shower.

What is Lochia? 🤔

Lochia, medically known as lochial discharge, refers to the discharge of wound secretions from the uterus. This process begins immediately after birth and can last several weeks. Lochia is a combination of blood, mucus membrane residues, and other tissue components that developed in the uterus during pregnancy.

How does Lochia occur? 🧐

To understand how lochia occurs, it is helpful to look at the changes that take place in your body during pregnancy and childbirth.

Lochia after birth


During pregnancy, your body prepares to nourish and grow your baby. The uterus expands, and the lining of the uterus, known as the decidua, thickens and becomes well-vascularized to create an optimal environment for your baby.


After the baby and placenta are delivered, the uterus begins to contract and revert to its pre-pregnancy size. This process is called involution. The site where the placenta was attached to the uterus is now a wound that needs to heal. During this healing phase, the uterine lining is shed and replaced by new tissue.

The Beginning of Lochia

Lochia begins immediately after birth. In the first days, the discharge is usually very heavy and mainly consists of blood, similar to a very heavy menstrual period. After a few days, lochia becomes less bloody and more watery as wound secretions and mucus membrane residues are expelled.

The Different Phases of Lochia

Lochia goes through several phases, which differ in color and consistency:

Lochia Rubra (first phase): This phase lasts about three to five days after birth. During this time, lochia is bright red and mainly consists of blood.

Lochia Serosa (second phase): This phase lasts until about the tenth day after birth. Lochia becomes more watery and is light pink or brownish in color.

Lochia Alba (third phase): This phase can last up to six weeks after birth. Lochia becomes increasingly whitish or yellowish and mainly contains mucus and dead cells.

The Importance of Lochia 💡

Lochia is an essential part of the healing process after birth. It helps clean the uterus and supports involution. The expulsion of blood and tissue residues cleanses the uterus from the inside, preventing infections and promoting healing.

Managing Lochia

Lochia can be very heavy initially but becomes less intense over time. Here are some tips on how to take good care of yourself during this phase:


Hygiene is particularly important during lochia to avoid infections. Regularly change the pads or sanitary napkins specifically designed for lochia. Avoid tampons, as they can increase the risk of infection.

Rest and Recovery

Your body has just accomplished an incredible feat. Give yourself and your body the necessary rest and recovery. Avoid overexertion and listen to your body's signals.


Pay attention to changes in lochia. An unpleasant odor, severe pain, or very heavy bleeding may indicate an infection or other complications. In such cases, you should definitely consult a doctor or midwife.

The Role of the Perineal or Intimate Shower During Lochia 💦

A perineal or intimate shower can be a valuable aid during lochia. These gentle cleaning devices help to thoroughly clean the intimate area without disturbing the healing process.

What is a Perineal Shower?

A perineal shower is a small, handy device filled with water that produces a gentle stream of water. It is specifically designed for cleaning the intimate area and is especially helpful during lochia.

Benefits of the Perineal Shower

Gentle Cleaning: The gentle stream of water cleans the intimate area thoroughly and gently without irritating the sensitive mucous membranes.

Hygiene: Regular and thorough cleaning with the perineal shower helps prevent infections and promotes healing.

Comfort: The use of the perineal shower is simple and convenient. It can be used both at home and on the go.

Relief from Discomfort: The cooling effect of the water can help reduce swelling and pain.

How to Use the Perineal Shower

Using the perineal shower is very simple:

Preparation: Fill the perineal shower with lukewarm water. Make sure the water is at a comfortable temperature.

Cleaning: Hold the perineal shower near the intimate area and gently spray water on the affected area. Repeat as needed.

Drying: Gently pat the intimate area dry with a soft, clean towel.

Personal Care and Support 🤱

In addition to physical care, emotional support during the postpartum period is also important. Lochia can sometimes be unpleasant, but remember that it is a natural and necessary part of the healing process. Talk to your midwife or doctor about your experiences and any concerns. They can provide valuable advice and support during this time.

Conclusion 💯

Lochia is an unavoidable but very important phase after birth that helps you recover from pregnancy and childbirth. With proper care and support, you can get through this time well. A perineal or intimate shower can help you feel clean and comfortable, which in turn supports the healing process. Listen to your body, take rest, and don't hesitate to seek help and support. You have accomplished something amazing, and now it’s time to lovingly take care of yourself so you can fully enjoy the beautiful time with your newborn.

In addition to using a perineal or intimate shower, there are other measures that can help you manage lochia well and support healing.

Natural Remedies and Home Remedies

Natural remedies and home remedies during lochia after birth

Natural remedies can also be a soothing addition to care during lochia. Here are some proven home remedies that can help:

Cool Pads: Cool pads can be placed on the external intimate area to reduce swelling and pain. They provide immediate relief and promote healing.

Chamomile Baths: A sitz bath with chamomile can have anti-inflammatory and soothing effects. Chamomile promotes healing and can help prevent infections.

Healing Ointments: Ointments with natural ingredients such as calendula or aloe vera can be applied to the external intimate area to support healing and relieve pain.

Nutrition and Hydration

A balanced diet and sufficient fluid intake are also important for your recovery. Make sure to consume enough fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins. Drink enough water to keep your body hydrated and support the healing process.

Pelvic Floor Training

Pelvic floor training can be very helpful after birth to strengthen the muscles in the pelvic area. Start slowly and gradually increase the exercises to support and strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

Support from Your Midwife

Your midwife is a valuable resource during the postpartum period. She can provide helpful tips for care and healing and is there for you if you have questions or uncertainties. Do not hesitate to seek her support.

Emotional Support and Self-Care

In addition to physical care, it is also important to pay attention to your emotional health. The postpartum period can be an emotional rollercoaster, and it is normal to feel overwhelmed at times. Here are some tips for emotional support and self-care:

Talk About Your Feelings: Share your thoughts and feelings with your partner, friends, or family. It can be very helpful to exchange experiences and receive support.

Time for Yourself: Regularly take small breaks to relax and recharge. A walk in the fresh air, a warm bath, or a good book can work wonders.

Professional Support: If you feel that you cannot cope with your emotions alone, do not hesitate to seek professional help. Psychologists, therapists, or support groups can provide valuable assistance during this time.

About the Author

Fabian Scholz

Hi, I'm Fabian, founder of Popotti. I have been involved in the topics of environment, health, and gut for several years. As a speaker and expert, I travel across Germany several times a year for Popotti. If you want to learn more, feel free to write me at


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