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Stomach cramps, constipation, white vaginal discharge post vaginal delivery. Causes for symptoms?

Hi, i am 3 weeks post vaginal delivery . Post delivery bleeding stopped completely a week ago. I am now having menstrual like cramps and constipation . I have been having white discharge no smell for few days now. I also had some itching for about a week after delivery,but gone now. What do you think could be causing these symptoms? Thank you!
Wed, 5 Dec 2012
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Hi,
Congratulations!!

the vaginal discharge post partum / post delivery are called lochia.
The color of the lochia changes more or less from week to week.
1week post partum: re
end of week one: brown
end of week two - dark yellow
end of week 3 : greyish-white
end oif week 4 until week 6: lochia stops

Are you maybe on any iron medication?
That often causes cramping and obstipation.

I think the lochia are okay no need to worry there.
The obstipation is most likely causing the cramping.
If you`ve had an episiotomy or have had a tear - then sometimes - "newly born moms" tend to be frightened to have bowel movements - and postpone these - which leads to constipation.
You might like to take something to help you digest, and to help with the constipation - and once your bowel movements are back to normal the crampung will cease.

all the best,
kind regards,
JR

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