If you thought labour was messy, be prepared for lots more blood immediately after delivery.
According to Dr Michele Hakakha, author of Expecting 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy, "Within the first 10 minutes after delivery, you lose more blood than would fill a pint-sized container of ice cream — and in some cases more,"
In the few days just after birth, it’s quite normal for you to experience a large amount of bleeding, especially after you’ve been lying or sitting down. You may even feel yourself gushing blood while breastfeeding.
All this is perfectly normal and the bleeding will decrease of the next few weeks.