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    When Will My Menstrual Cycle Resume After Pregnancy?

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    When Will My Menstrual Cycle Resume After Pregnancy?

    Updated on 27 July 2023

    Pregnancy is an amazing time in a couple's life, but it can also be a time of many questions. One question that new mothers have is “When will my menstrual cycle resume after pregnancy?” It’s a valid question and one that doesn’t have a straightforward answer. We list in this blog everything one needs to know about periods after delivery.

    An average duration of 6 to 8 weeks is normal for periods after pregnancy to resume. If the mother is not breastfeeding, their cycles will probably return to normal sooner than if they are. Most women will ovulate before their first period, so it is possible to become pregnant before their first postpartum period.

    When Would I Be Able To Get Pregnant Again?

    It depends on several factors, including age, health, whether they're breastfeeding, and more. However, in general, most women will see periods after pregnancy within a few months of giving birth. If someone is hoping to become pregnant again soon after delivery, it is recommended to talk to a healthcare provider about the best way to make that happen.

    What Will My First Period After Pregnancy Be Like?

    If someone has given birth vaginally, they're likely to have their first period after pregnancy within six to eight weeks postpartum. If you've had a C-section, it may take a little longer—anywhere from 10 to 16 weeks.

    Also read: First Period After C Section: How Long Does It Last
    The first postpartum period may be heavier and more intense than the pre-pregnancy period. This is because the body is shedding not only the lining of the uterus (endometrium) but also extra blood and tissue that built up in the uterus during pregnancy.

    Will My Period Affect My Breast Milk?

    The period after pregnancy will resume within a few weeks after a woman gives birth, although it may take longer if they are breastfeeding. Breastfeeding can delay the return of the period by suppressing ovulation. If the woman is not breastfeeding, her period may return as early as four to six weeks postpartum.

    The main concern with periods while breastfeeding is that they can affect their breast milk supply. When someone has their period, their body sheds the uterine lining that contains blood and tissue. This process can cause hormonal changes that can lead to a decrease in milk production. The breasts may feel fuller and heavier just before the period starts and then become less full once their period begins.

    How Might My Period Be Different Postpartum?

    There are a few ways that period might be different postpartum. One is that it may be heavier than usual. This is because, during pregnancy, the body produces more progesterone, which thickens the lining of the uterus. Another difference is that it may last longer than usual. This is because, during pregnancy, the body also produces more estrogen, which extends the length of the cycle. Finally, women may experience more cramping than usual. This is because, during pregnancy, the body produces more relaxin, which loosens the ligaments in the pelvis and allows the baby to pass through more easily.

    Also read: Postpartum Complications: Everything You Need to Know

    What Should I Expect From My First Period Postpartum?

    It is normal for the periods after delivery to be irregular for several months. It may take some time for the body to adjust to its new hormone levels. For some women, periods may not return at all, especially if they're breastfeeding.

    If the period after delivery does return, it will probably be different from what someone is used to. Postpartum bleeding may last longer than the usual period, and it may be heavier or lighter. You may also have spotting or bleeding between periods.

    What Postpartum Symptoms Should I Watch Out For?

    We have already answered the question: When do periods start after delivery? Now we look into postpartum symptoms that you should watch out for:

    1. Bleeding

    It's normal to have some vaginal bleeding for up to six weeks after giving birth. This is called lochia and is similar to a heavy period. Lochia usually starts bright red and then turns pink or brown over time.

    2. Cramping

    Women may experience cramps in their uterus (womb) as it contracts back to its pre-pregnancy size. These cramps are often mild and can be relieved with over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen or paracetamol.

    3. Discharge

    It's normal to have an increase in vaginal discharge for up to six weeks after giving birth.

    You may also like: When Is the Best Time to Plan For Postpartum Weight Loss?

    Does Breastfeeding Affect My Periods?

    It is common for a woman’s menstrual cycle to change during periods after delivery. It is also common for a woman to stop having her period altogether while she is breastfeeding. This is because the hormone that signals the body to make breast milk, prolactin, also suppresses ovulation. So, if a woman is exclusively breastfeeding (meaning the baby is getting all of his or her nutrition from her breast milk), she may not have a period.

    If you found this blog on periods after delivery helpful, visit Mylo Family's website for more parenting, baby care, and lifestyle blogs.

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