Post pregnancy periods – “Its been a year, I delivered a baby still not on with my periods…, no dear, for me regular cycle started after 5 months, good yaar, I had no rest..it started after 6 weeks only….!”
These are the snippets of a few common conversation within the circle of new mothers. After a nine months break from the menstrual cycle, every new mom is curious about it coming back. Of course, the biggest reward of pregnancy is your adorable new baby, but another huge perk is having your period again.
Pregnancy is All About Messing up With a Women’s Body.
From the start of the egg formation to delivering the baby, to breastfeeding the child after that. All of this happens because of hormones. And hormones are what regulate your periods. Often times, post pregnancy women experience hormone imbalances, which may lead to irregular periods in women.
Your breastfeeding status is the biggest factor affecting when you’ll get your periods again because prolactin, the hormone responsible for breast-milk production, suppresses ovulation.
Breast feeding mothers have a longer window between birth and their first menstrual cycle than non-breastfeeding mothers.
“There’s no one ‘right’ time for your periods to come back, and the biggest factor in how soon, which depends entirely upon how you’re feeding your baby.”
For mothers who are bottle feeding, the average return to periods is six to eight weeks. However, it can return as quickly as four weeks post-delivery.
Mothers who are breastfeeding exclusively and have the baby get their only source of nutrition from their breasts only. They can go as long as six months or longer until the supplementation is used. Some women have had their periods not returned until a year or more after delivery.
In many cases menstrual cycle keeps on its regularity and in some it may become irregular like the period start, then stop for another month or two.
That lack of regularity is due to hormonal changes as your body transitions to its new normal, Many times the hormonal balance after delivery can be a little different and therefore cause the periods to fluctuate, as hormones try to develop and maintain a new equilibrium.
“If your period doesn’t return six months after you have stopped breastfeeding, you should contact your doctor. For women who are exclusively bottle feeding, if your period hasn’t returned in six months you should contact your doctor.”
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