One of the amazing benefits of pregnancy is the 9 month long break from having your period. But when your period vacation is over, you may have questions like:
“When will you have your first period after pregnancy?”
“What if I’m breastfeeding?”
“What if I’m not breastfeeding?”
“Will my period change after pregnancy?”
There is no simple answer to these questions as every women’s body is different. It’s difficult to say exactly when your period will return and it also depends on how long you breastfeed your baby.
By the end of this article, you will gain a better understanding of your period after pregnancy.
If you are exclusively breastfeeding (i.e – baby is only on breast milk, day and night), it may take longer for your period to return, from a few months to even up to 1 year.
Eventually, even if you are breastfeeding your period will return.
If you are supplementing with baby formula, or exclusively on baby formula, then your period will return much earlier.
Hence, the longer and more often a mother is breast feeding, the longer it may take before her period returns.
Some women experience longer periods, heavier bleeding, heavier cramps, or even missed periods.
These changes are due to the hormones that drive your menstrual cycle. Don’t forget your body has had a long vacation from having a period. As your body adjusts from pregnancy mode back to normal, it will take time for your menstrual cycle to get back on track.
Occasionally hormonal changes during menstruation may cause reduction in breast milk production and a slight change in the taste of the breast milk. However, these changes are not significant and usually do not affect breastfeeding.
If you are experiencing irregular periods, it is a good idea to keep a period calendar or menstrual cycle calendar. If you have any concerns regarding your menstrual period after delivery, please seek further advice from your doctor.
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