Well, that's a really personal question that's going to vary significantly from one woman to the next. It depends on your delivery, whether or not you had stitches, how much blood you carry while pregnant, etc.
With my 1st, my doctor WAY screwed up my stitches. I was sore for weeks and could barely stomach my way through sex for months on end. It was SO painful. I didn't know any better though, since it was my first, but that is NOT normal.
With my 2nd and 3rd, I did not need stitches and was only sore for a few days - and it was NOTHING compared to my 1st!
I typically am done bleeding heavily after the first or second day, but I spotted/bled lightly for about 2-4 weeks after each baby. Some women bleed heavily for at least a week and some women are still bleeding enough to reschedule their 6-week checkup.
Just remember that, regardless of all those details, you now have a precious baby in your life! :)
at 3:46 AM on Sep. 19, 2009