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Maternal Physiologic Changes

Afterpains? Painful uterine cramps that occur intermittently for approx. 2 - 3 days after birth and that result from contractile efforts of the uterus to return to its normal involuted condition
Autolysis? The self-destruction of excess hypertrophied tissue
Involution? The return of the uterus to a nonpregnant state after birth
Lochia? Vaginal discharge during the puerperium consisting of blood, tissue, and mucus
Lochia Alba? Thin, yellowing to white, vaginal discharge that follows lochia serosa on approx. the 10th day after birth and that may last from 2 - 6 weeks postpartum
Lochia Rubra? Red, distinctly blood-tinged vaginal flow that follows birth and lasts 2 - 4 days
Lochia Serosa? Serous, pinkish brown, watery vaginal discharge that follows lochia rubra until approx. the 10th day after birth
Puerperium? Period between the birth of the newborn and the return of the reproductive organs to their normal nonpregnant statel 4th trimester of pregnancy
Subinvolution? Failure of the uterus to reduce to its normal size and condition after pregnancy
Created by: klsy0528