I gave birth to my daughter on Feb 2, via a vaginal delivery. I ended up with a 2nd-degree tear that my midwife said was "all over the place." Well, two days ago I found one of my stitches in my sanitary pad, and when the midwife checked me over at the hospital she said they're not supposed to come out that soon, and to be on the lookout for any signs of infection. Well, since last night I've noticed I smell AWFUL down there--my DH noticed it, too--even just sitting here in my pajamas I can smell myself. Everything looks ok to me in the pad--just red and pale brownish blood--but the smell is disgusting, sort of like old garbage. Have any of you experienced this?? I was going to call my midwife to schedule an appt on Monday anyway, but I'm wondering if I need to call their on-call line and let them know what's going on. I don't really want a trip to the ER with a newborn baby, though, so I was hoping to find out if any of you thought this might be normal...
My lochia smelled funny... but it wasn't infection or anything like that - just smelled like rotten old blood like if I'd left a pad full of blood in the trash can and then went back and sniffed it a few days later... (I know, that's gross. LOL!!!) Anyway, for me it was normal. See if it goes away in a few days.
I just went to the doc for the same thing. I'm 2 wks PP but have had the same for about a week. I explained it to the doc as "something crawled up there and died" she checked me out and said she didn't see any sign of infection, but put me on ATBs just in case. She said the old blood can smell awful and as long as I don't have a fever or pain I'm probably fine.
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