Why does post birth bleeding occur?

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First answer by Cristina Roz. Last edit by Cristina Roz.
Post birth bleeding is nature's way of removing any unnecessary particles present in the uterus after childbirth. It is how excess blood, mucus and placental tissue is expelled. It lasts for a few weeks after delivery and prepares the uterus for the next pregnancy. It is also known as lochia.

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