Lochia is the discharge from the uterus in the postpartum period; it consists of blood from the vessels of the placental site and debris from the decidua. The following can be used as a guide to determine the amount of flow: scant1?4less than 2.5 cm (< 1 inch) on menstrual pad in 1 hour; light1?4less than 10 cm (< 4 inches) on menstrual pad in 1 hour;moderate1?4 less than 15 cm (< 6 inches) on menstrual pad in 1 hour; heavy1?4 saturated menstrual pad in 1 hour; and excessive1?4menstrual pad saturated in 15 minutes. If the client is experiencing excessive bleeding, the nurse should contact the HCP in the event that postpartum hemorrhage is occurring. It may be appropriate to encourage increased fluid intake, but this is not the initial action. It is not appropriate to encourage ambulation at this time. Documentation should occur once the client has been stabilized.