When your period starts after birth it was your last concern but after giving birth and know that your baby is healthy and safe you may start to think about you. After 9 months of pregnancy and a delivery your body faces lots of changes and some of them are menstruation and ovulation.
When your period will start after you’ve had a baby?
In the first days after giving birth of your baby, your blood loss will be bright red and slightly heavier than you’ve been used so far. However, the normal amount of blood loss it shouldn’t exceed more than can be managed with a sanitary pad every few hours (maximum 4 hours). If you notice that it does exceed call the doctor immediately. If not do not worry the loss and blood flow will decrease over the next 5 days after delivery. Also the color will be a pale red, not bright anymore and by the end of the 7-10 days you will notice a color change, it will be brownish-red which is normal. From now on the bleeding will stop but you will still have discharges (white-yellow) almost 6 weeks after delivery your baby.
Hygiene after pregnancy
Use only external pads. It is important to use only external pads because tampons have a low risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. And another important rule during period after birth is to change the pad every 4 hours even though you may fell is unnecessary.
Rest as much as you can. Giving birth is not easy so you will feel tired. Also life with a new baby may seem overwhelming at the beginning so take advantage in hospital were baby is safe to rest and sleep as much as you can. Some of new mummies need some injections to reestablish their level of blood in organism.
No sexual act until the bleeding stopped. After pregnancy the uterus tries to regain the initial shape and size, so an sexual act may be painful. Before you restart your sexual life after pregnancy consider on going on a gynecological consult. The later will prepare you and also you can start planning the birth control again.
First period after birth
If you do not breastfeed your baby
If you din not breastfeed your baby, in approximate 80 per cent of cases, the first period after birth shows up at 10 weeks after giving birth. And you may notice that your menstrual cycle it will not be the same again. Do not forget that the bleeding missed and now your body needs time to return back to normal. In maximum 6 months your period will start to show a regular pattern.
If you breastfeed your baby
Breastfeeding may be the reason why your period and your ovulation will be delayed up to 20 weeks after birth. However, fewer are the cases in which the first period after birth starts sooner than 20 weeks after delivery. Each women is unique and the same her level of hormones, so it is impossible to predict an exactly date that period will be back to normal.
Most of the women that breastfeed a longer period are complaining that the loss of blood flow is excessive during the first period after pregnancy. It is true that after delivery the blood flow will be bigger that you have been used before pregnancy. There are some options to regulate the loss of blood and one of them is Acupuncture. But before you decide to go for a session you should talk with the acupuncturist to let him know the reason you try the technique.
Ovulation after birth
It is important to know that the ovulation and the menstruation do not happen only together. It is possible to have period without ovulation or you may have your period immediately after ovulation. Anyway the chances to ovulate in the first 6 weeks after delivered your baby are very low. If you are not planning soon a new pregnancy you may want to talk with your doctor about contraception after birth. But if you are breastfeeding you don’t need to take birth control pills because when a baby suckles, signals are sent to the pituitary gland to eliminate prolactin. If your breastfeed you baby regularly your body will produce enough prolactin and the ovulation will be suppressed. But the exact moment when the ovulation will take place again is hard to be estimated. In some cases the ovulation does not show up until you stop breastfeeding you baby.
Can I get pregnant if I am breastfeeding?
Breastfeeding can be a sure contraception method with only 2 per cent error only if:
- your baby is exclusive breastfed
- your baby is younger than 6 months
- if you did not had period yet after birth
- your breastfeed your baby between 4 and 6 hours
When your period came after giving birth?