From newfound appreciation for your body, weird food cravings, morning sickness to flawless skin, pregnancy introduces you to numerous things. And, among all these things, one thing that most women love about pregnancy is freedom from periods for nine months.
Generally, women worry about getting regular periods, heavy flow, cramps, and whatnot. However, for these nine special months, you need not worry about any of these. Instead, focus on staying healthy and happy.
Now the question is—What happens to your menstrual cycle after your delivery?
Well, periods after pregnancy tend to be different from before. As your body has gone through a major transformation, it also significantly impacts the menstrual cycle.
Let’s learn about it in detail!
When Will Your Period Return?
Usually, periods return in about six to eight weeks after delivery. But, it is only if you are not breastfeeding. On the other hand, breastfeeding can postpone return. In such a scenario, it might take a couple of months before you get your first menstruation post-baby.
Also, if you had a vaginal delivery and started menstruating early, the doctor advises you not to use tampons for a few months. It is because your body is yet to heal completely. Using tampons can cause trauma. Likewise, you must wait until your postnatal checkup to use a menstrual cup.
Not to forget, once you start getting your periods, you must pay utmost attention to your health. To boost your long-term menstrual health, you should consider using a natural tonic. It helps in improving hormonal imbalance and also helps in easing pain.
Note: Consult your doctor before you try anything.
What Relation Does Breastfeeding Have With The Menstrual Cycle?
Breastfeeding tends to cause hormonal fluctuation. Thus it can potentially delay periods. You need prolactin (hormone) to produce breast milk. This hormone typically suppresses reproductive hormones resulting. So, you don’t release an egg for fertilization. Thus you won’t menstruate.
In fact, some women use breastfeeding as a birth control measure. Needless to say, it is not very effective and also carries some risk. So, it is better to avoid it.
How Are Periods Different In Postpartum?
As already mentioned, the first period after pregnancy will not be the same as before. After a break of almost 10 or more months, your body needs time to adjust again to the menstruation cycle. Follow are a few of the changes that you might experience:
- Small blood clots
- Heavier flow
- Elevated pain
- Cramps might be stronger than usual
- Irregular cycle
- Flow might start and stop suddenly
As you continue to get periods, these symptoms are likely to decrease. There are very rare case scenarios such as adenomyosis (thickening of the uterine wall) or thyroid problems that can lead to heavy bleeding postpartum.
Similarly, if you had endometriosis before pregnancy, you might get lighter periods postpartum. Or, it could be due to asherman or Sheehan syndrome. Nevertheless, you must visit your doctor regularly to keep your health in check.
Periods are essential to stay healthy and return to the pre-pregnancy body. However, it might be a bit challenging. Therefore, you must pay attention to your menstrual health and visit your doctor regularly. Also, remember to listen to your body!