when are you supposed to start your period after giving birth?

Tricia - posted on 06/16/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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okay so...it's obvious that women bleed after giving birth. I've heard it's usually 6 to 8 months after you give birth when you are usually supposed to start your period if you breastfeed (which i do) so i bled until about 5 days ago, then it stopped completely. which it wasn't that heavy for a while. then today, 4am, I start bleeding again. not VERY heavy, but bright red blood. And i was cramping today....is this my period???? is it normal??/ please help :-\

oh by the way, my baby is going to be 6 weeks old on saturday. so it's only been 5 weeks since i've had her...

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Tricia - posted on 06/18/2011

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yeah I'm going to mention it..I had her 6 weeks ago and I'm bleeding pretty heavily. like it IS a period. and I am still bleeding, it hasn't let up at all and this is the third day now..so I believe that's what it is. but just to be safe, i'm going to have them make sure everything is alright.

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I bled for a few days after my c-section and then it stopped. At around 6-7 weeks postpartum, I had some strange bleeding. I thought it was my period, but it wasn't. I didn't get a period until my son was 7 months old. He's 9 months old now, and I haven't had another period.



I had a check-up with my OB around 7 weeks and mentioned the bleeding. He checked on the ultrasound to see if there was anything "leftover" in my uterus, but there wasn't.



If you're worried, mention it to your doctor.

Jodi - posted on 06/17/2011

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I think every mom is different. My little girl, Ryleigh is 14 months and I STILL haven't had a period. I breastfed her for a whole year, then started weening her. I was finished completely at almost 13 months, it's a month later and I still haven't started, no spotting, cramping anything.

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Christina - posted on 08/17/2011

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I had my Son 10 weeks ago, and wasnt able to breastfeed, but I did pump for the first two weeks til he didnt even take my milk as well. But I still havent had my period. Me and my husband are sexually active but we are VERY careful! It kinda scares me that i haven't started.

Tyrae - posted on 06/17/2011

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the same thing happened with me that's going on with you and I have regularly had my period since and I breastfeed also. I was so excited for no periods for a bit longer but alas that was not to happen with me.

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As someone mentioned, it varies from woman to woman, and also depends on how often you're breastfeeding. I was breastfeeding or pumping around the clock (and by that Imean every 2-3 hrs durin the day, and 3-4 hrs at night) my periods have been fairly regular, but longer than normal (34-39 days).with my first, I stopped breastfeeding at 12 mos and got a period at 14 mos. same timeline for my 2nd. I stopped earlier with my 3rd nd got period a couple of months after that.

Tara - posted on 06/16/2011

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It's different with different women. I started my period about 8 weeks after the lochia stopped, but my sister started hers about right after (her daughter was about 6 weeks at that point). It definitely depends on your hormones, etc.
That said, if you've been sexually active at all since your daughter was born, you need to go in to be checked by your doctor because it is possible for you to get pregnant without having your period again after you have your child and what you are describing could be implantation bleeding.
If you haven't had any further bleeding since that brief 4 am bleed, then I would suggest getting checked out.

Lise - posted on 06/16/2011

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you can have lochia until 6 weeks (pp bleeding). mine came and went for 6/7 weeks, then no period until dd was 10 months.

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