I am a new L and D nurse, and find myself always thinking that my moms are bleeding too much in the recovery period within 2 hours after delivery. Generally, my preceptor says that the bleeding amount is within normal range, but it's hard for me to gauge on my own.
Also, I've read that in the immediate postpartum period ( within 2 hours after birth) , saturating a pad in 15 minutes is considered heavy bleeding, as opposed to saturating a pad in an hour, which is the criteria for heavy bleeding in the later phases of recovery.
Should I keep the same pad under mom the whole time until it is saturated? I've been changing the pads every 15 minutes when I did fundal checks so I could assess the amount of bleeding within that period, but that makes it hard for me to assess the overall amount of bleeding.