How soon after having my baby should I get my first period?

Katrina - posted on 07/06/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone, does anyone know when I should be 'expecting' or when it's normal to get my first period after having my daughter? She will be 4 months on the 18th of July and before having her i was always so regular that I'm dying for my body to go back to normal!!

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Rachel - posted on 07/19/2010

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My son was over a year old before I had mine! If this is concerning you, talk to your doctor. Going on BC pills could help this progress faster. The mini-pill they give you while breast-feeding isn't so great. If you are not breast feeding, ask for one with both hormones. To be honest, my youngest is now 18 months, and my periods are finally regular after having found the right pill for my body.

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Hello, with my first I was breastfeeding and after she was sleeping through the night at 3 months I get my period at 6 months from her arrival. I enjoyed it because after that it was back to cramps every month. LOL.

Tiffany - posted on 07/20/2010

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for breastfeeding mothers, it is usually between 4 - 7 months after having your baby.
if you're not BF'ing, it's common for most mothers to get it around 6 weeks post-baby.

as for flows and how long they last - each woman is different. i got my first period a month ago (baby was 5 months old) ...it lasted 5 days and wasn't that bad.

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I breastfed my first baby until 12 months old. she was 7 or 8 months old before i got my period again. Although, my next baby was 9 months old when i got pregnant and i never had a period from one baby to the next (kind of nice actually). I have always had regular cycles, and things went back to normal naturally for me. hope you feel more relaxed about it now, but like the other mums said, go see the doctor if you have any more concerns. all the best.

Erica - posted on 07/16/2010

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Depends on if you're nursing or not. If you aren't, I have no idea. :-) But if you ARE, I was told it'll most likely come back awhile after your child starts sleeping through the night (whenever there starts being a longer stretch between nursing sessions). This was true for me. My son started sleeping through the night around 10-11 months, and my period returned the week of his 1st birthday.

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Amanda - posted on 07/16/2010

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It is different for everyone. But if you are breastfeeding, it may take awhile (or until you stop b/f) before you get your period back. If you are concerned, talk to your doctor to make sure.

Rebecca - posted on 07/16/2010

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I strictly breastfed and did not get my period back until my daughter was 8 months old. I had a friend who didn't get hers till 6 months when she was breastfeeding. It varies with everyone

Kerin - posted on 07/15/2010

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usually, exclusive breastfeeding will keep your period at bay as long as the baby is nursing frequently enough to tell your body to suppress ovulation...once the baby is sleeping longer and feeding less often, your fertility typically returns. For me, baby #3 will be 4 months old tomorrow and I just got my first postpartum period 2 days ago. I'm still BF'ing exclusively - but he only wakes up once at night at this point.

Iva - posted on 07/14/2010

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If you are breast feeding, you usually don't get your period until you stop, however, you can still ovulate therefore get pregnant and not even know it! Make sure you are using some form of birthcontrol if you are sexually active now.

Rachael - posted on 07/12/2010

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Check with your Dr. even if you are nursing, because that is not a fail safe form of birth control and you can still get pregnant while breastfeeding and alot of women don't get adequate prenatal care when they do because they assume a lack of menstruation to be due to lactation.

Jennifer - posted on 07/10/2010

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Yea everyone is different. Like after you have a child you will bleed for about 6 weeks. For me like after I bleed for 6 weeks I stop bleeding for 3-5 days and I started my period

Joyce - posted on 07/09/2010

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There is no cause for alarm. If you are breastfeeding, you will not have your period until you reduce your breastfeeding or stop it all together. Just saw mine 4 days ago and LO is 6+months. Period lasted 2 and a half days and was absolutely painless.

Crystal - posted on 07/09/2010

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i would still call ur doctor to be on the safe side i cant remember abt mine my daughter is 3 1/2 yrs old

Andrea - posted on 07/09/2010

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Yes, everyone is different! I had my first period about two weeks after giving birth. Or at least my husband and I think it was my period because my postpartum bleeding had finished and then started again. Breastfeeding does supposedly help keep it at bay longer.

Maydilu - posted on 07/08/2010

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I think everybody is different but my baby is 3 months 2 weeks 5 days and I'm still breastfeeding and my period hasn't come yet. I've heard that if your body is producing milk, your period won't come. But I don't know for sure because this is my first baby.

Renee - posted on 07/07/2010

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My son is 4 months old (as of the 3rd) and I haven't gotten mine back. It is my understanding that as long as your breastfeeding then it's nothing to worry with. If after stopping breast feeding it doesn't come within two months, call your doctor. Though if your having sex and your thinking that you might be pregnant, that is also a possibility. So the short answer is, your normal (if your breastfeeding), if your concerned talk to your doctor.

Laura - posted on 07/07/2010

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i suppose we are all different but i had my first about 6 weeks after I had my daughter, if your not getting one after 4 months it might be a good idea to go to the doctors or speak to your health visitor. but no periods is always good :)

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