When will my periods start again after pregnancy?

What will my first period after labour be like?

It’s possible that your first period will be different from previous ones.

You may have:

  • irregular periods – especially if it returns while youre breastfeeding
  • cramping – this may be worse or better than before you were pregnant
  • heavier periods
  • small blood clots in your periods
  • Speak with your midwife, health visitor, or GP if you experience blood clots during your period or significantly more blood loss than usual.

    Why don’t breastfeeding women get their periods as quickly?

    Because of the body’s hormones, breastfeeding women typically don’t get their periods as quickly. The hormone required to produce breast milk, prolactin, has the ability to inhibit reproductive hormones. You don’t ovulate or release an egg for fertilization as a result. Without this process, you most likely won’t menstruate.

    When should you expect your first period after giving birth?

    Your first postpartum period may depend on your breastfeeding schedule, though it’s difficult to predict when it will occur. The reason? It’s a hormonal thing.

    Most of the time, women who exclusively breastfeed do not ovulate. And if you aren’t ovulating, you most likely aren’t getting your period. (Even so, you can still become pregnant while nursing and prior to your period returning. More on that below. ).

    Typically, your period will start again around this time:

  • If you’re not breastfeeding, your period could return as soon as four weeks after giving birth, although that’s not typical. Six to 12 weeks is about average. Most new moms are back on track by week 24 postpartum.
  • If you’re breastfeeding exclusively, you’ll likely have a longer break from your monthly cycle than other new moms. Look for your cycle to restart in three to six months. That said, there’s a lot of variability. It’s completely normal for women who breastfeed exclusively to have their first postpartum period six weeks after delivery or a year or more later — even 18 months after giving birth.
  • If you’re breastfeeding some of the time, you might see your period return sooner. Women who combine bottle-feeding and breastfeeding often see their periods return six to 12 weeks after giving birth.
  • Your First Period After Childbirth | Oakdale ObGyn

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