how long after birth did u start ur period?

Bianca - posted on 01/02/2010 ( 163 moms have responded )

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ive read that it could happen the next month after birth. just curious how long after you had your baby did you have your first period? how heavy was it?

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Traci - posted on 01/06/2010

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I am also nursing and my baby is almost 9 months and still no period...so lovely. I love it.

Frankie - posted on 03/05/2012

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My son was born June 28, 2010 It is now March 5, 2012 he is 20 months old and I have had one period .

Anna - posted on 01/11/2010

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i think i had mine about 6 weeks after, think it was June (my daughter was born in April) but I did breastfeed so don;t know if that made a difference-don't think there is an actuall time frame. Speak to your midwife if you are concerned :)

Shay - posted on 01/09/2010

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I had the initial bleeding from the birth which went on for about 4 weeks. I had a 2 day break and then my 1st period came along which lasted about 2 weeks and was very heavy.

I went on the contraceptive pill after the 1st period and they've settled down to how they were before I was pregnant now :)

Nikki - posted on 01/06/2010

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I was bottle feeding b/c I couldnt breastfeed so that does make a difference I got mine 3 months after and now my son is almost seven months and Ive only had it 3 times in total since I gave birth

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Rebecca - posted on 01/11/2010

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i stopped bleeding after i had my bub at about day 8. Then i breast fed and got my period about a month after that, so about 5 months after the birth was when my first proper period came back :)

Natasha - posted on 01/11/2010

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I got mine 5.5weeks after I had a c-section. It was a very very heavy period and now they are 2-3 days duration, light & on time. I breastfed for only 11days.

Belinda - posted on 01/11/2010

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Six weeks after each of my sons were born. It was fairly light but it lasted the same length as my normal periods.

Glenna - posted on 01/09/2010

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Well it depends, if you're breastfeeding or bottle feeding, I breastfed my daughter til she was 6 months and that was in Nov 09, and I got my period in 2 weeks, and i tried to breastfeed my son but that didn't work out so well so I pumped and got my period about 2 months after.

Casey - posted on 01/09/2010

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I had my daughter Oct 18 and got my period in December. It was on for two weeks with heavy flow.

Hanna - posted on 01/09/2010

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i was one of those -- i had a C-section and i stopped bleeding at about 2 weeks, then bled again around 4 weeks for a few days (first day really heavily), and at 8 weeks started getting my period and been getting it every month like clockwork and i've been breastfeeding, at 4.5 months i was producing 40 oz of milk a day and still got my period, a heavy one too. that was horrible, i felt like someone sucked the energy right out of me through a straw.

Michelle - posted on 01/09/2010

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Quoting Michelle:

it was different with each of my children with my first one i didn't have one again for 4 months and with my son it was about 2 months and with the last one i didn't stop bleeding for about 8 weeks and 2 weeks later started bleeding again so it's different for each person and each child


By the way i was reading over some of the other reply's and i just wanted to say I was breast feeding with each of my children and I still started so breast feeding may or may not stop you from getting your period just relax and it will come when your body is ready for it to

Dollie - posted on 01/09/2010

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my baby is seven months now and i still haven't had one, but i am breast feeding so that could be why

Angela - posted on 01/09/2010

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6 weeks for me, but like I read in an earlier post it's different for everyone.

Megan - posted on 01/09/2010

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Oh, but I do know that in the 4 years before I had my daughter, I had a very heavy and painful period, every month that sometimes lasted 8-9 days. Now I just spot for anywhere between 5-7 days, which is really great! It could also have something to do with my form of birth control though, which is Marina. (I think that's how they spell it)

Megan - posted on 01/09/2010

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This makes me sad, because it was only 5 years ago and I truly don't remember. :(

Chelsea - posted on 01/08/2010

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3 days afteri had my son and ill tell you to stock up on feminine supplies you never know! Just remember to keep track of your bleeding form labor and an actual period, its hard to tell unless its 2-6 weeks after! Good Luck :)

Rebekah - posted on 01/07/2010

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Hey Ammie,

Bleeding for 3 weeks after giving birth is completely normal. All women do it and some last for 4 weeks. As for not having a period since September, well are you on birth control? I have had irregular periods my entire life and I have gone for 6 months without it before. No I wasn't pregnant. Were you irregular before your pregnancy? Some women just get messed up after wards. I was always irregular before and now for the first time in my life I am regular and I breast feed which is not typical for breast feeding moms. If you are real concerned I would go see ob-gyn although it is probably nothing. Good luck!

Marquita - posted on 01/07/2010

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I started 7 months after my child was born. I also breastfed for almost 6 months.

Ammie - posted on 01/07/2010

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My son was bron March 16 I bleed for 3 weeks after having him . i was breastfeeding for 6months had one in september and havent had another yet. I should be the one asking it thats okay.lol any one?

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My daughter was born in the Begining of Feb and I didn't get mine till late May or early June but I did bleed for the first 6 weeks after I gave birth too. Mine wasn't too heavy because I had already started taking birth control before I got it for the first time.

Rachel - posted on 01/07/2010

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my son is was born on Nov 24th and i was bleeding for 2 weeks after... i havent had one yet i been spotting, but i went to my 6 weeks check up and they said its normal with the birth control shot....

Mandie - posted on 01/07/2010

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it took about 7 weeks for me to get my period, and the doc said that was fine and normal

Zuleika - posted on 01/07/2010

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i got my period 4 the days i was in the hospital only!!!!! once i was discharged it went away..a lil awkward but tru....

Brooke - posted on 01/07/2010

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i bled for 42 days after giving birth. after that i got my period 2 weeks later.

Carmen - posted on 01/07/2010

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I bf and haven't had a period since I was pregnant. My daughter is 7 months old. My sister bf also when she had my niece. My niece is17 months and my sister recently started her period.

Marisol - posted on 01/07/2010

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I fully breastfeed both my sons for a year. With my first son it took 3 months but with my second son it took almost a year to get my first period after birth.

Rebecca Lynn - posted on 01/07/2010

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When I had my son 5 years ago I bled for 6 full weeks afterward and then my first period was right the next month on time. With my Daughter who will be a year old in 12 days I did not get a period for almost a year after the birth.

Sarah - posted on 01/07/2010

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It took 4 months after I had my son for me to start and I wasnt breastfeeding. My daughter I breastfed and at 6 weeks i started the pill and had one but then didnt have another till I weaned her.

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I breastfed my son exclusively for 14 months. Period only started after he was weaned. Much lighter now than before pregnancy.

Darylann - posted on 01/07/2010

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My baby was born May 9th, 2009. During my healing process i bled for 6 straight weeks after birth, but still have not had a period, only occasional spotting. I am breastfeeding though, so that probably has a lot to do with it.

Rebekah - posted on 01/06/2010

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Usually breastfeeding moms don't get their period while still nursing, however I got it 2 months after he was born and I am nursing. It was a full 5 day heavy period and I seem to be pretty regular now. FYI when you are on your period and nursing it slows the production of your milk and also makes it taste funny. I have to supplement formula every month when I have it otherwise he wouldn't be getting all he needs from me.

Julie - posted on 01/06/2010

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Breastfeeding makes a big difference. Years ago when I had my boys ( now aged 28,26,24) breastfeeding was the cultural preference where I lived. I had no objection to that, and in fact, breastfeeding provided a special time for me and my babies. After giving birth to each boy, I did not have a period for about 15 months all due to the breastfeeding. It worked great for our family. All of my boys are 2 years and 2 months apart, spaced by Mother Nature.

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I didn't stop bleeding. Contunued to spot bleed for about 6 months after I had her before having a proper period, then I had problems for about a year after. She was about 18 months old before it went back to normal. I haemorraged when I gave birth though, so I think that was the cause.

Nicole - posted on 01/06/2010

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I haven't had my baby yet, but my coworker told me she had it a month or so after and it continued on for months!!! scary.

Courtney - posted on 01/06/2010

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I had this same question since I was breastfeeding in the beginning..I had my baby on 10/19, bled for 4 1/2 weeks, stopped..bled for 3 days. .Then recently just really had a period this past week. My question is now, do they last like the did pre-pregnancy?

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I had my daughter September 2nd... I had the postpartum bleeding for 6 weeks and then had my first period November 28th. My daughter is also strictly breastfed. Always remember that every mommy and child are different :) My girlfriend had her daughter 3 days after me and she still has yet to have a period.



I hope this helps! :)

Katie - posted on 01/06/2010

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I got mine about 6 or 7 weeks after I had my baby. It was HEAVY for about 4 days. I called my doctor because it was so bad, but he said to just take it easy until it lightened up. I've been normal (like before I was pregnant) since and my baby's 4 months old now.

Deserada - posted on 01/06/2010

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***Just as a response. Hi Im a mom of 3 in Pace Fl... I felt i needed to INPUT HERE: I bled for almost 3 months after my last son, Macon (big Mac), was born. Im gonna explain because this is all under MOMS CIRCLE....

(I Bled, not everyday, but Id bleed for about 4-8 days then stop for only 2-5 days)

so my experience IS different, but also whilst preggo:

-I had an abnormal PAP ( had one before years ago and had to get a *colposcopy* where they take a chunk and check it out. I had Severe Dysplaysia, Cervical cancer. I was NOT preggo then so they did a LEEP and Laproscopy, BUT THEY COULDN'T DO THAT CUZ I WAS PREGGO AND ALL MY BIRTHS WERE HIGH RISK 4 PRETERM LABOR)-----So..

I actually HATE DRs/Offices/and Hospitals and get Anxiety Attacks while at them... so I never went BACK to my DR after he was born. I just waited and hoped Id be done bleeding soon, but maybe that was me having my period soon afterwards.



I dont know and didnt even look it up, but this has been my experience. MUCH ♥

Chelsea - posted on 01/06/2010

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Baby born October 13th, period came December 22nd. It was a normal period for me-heavy & long.

A friend of mine didn't get her period till her daughter was 9 months.

Sarah - posted on 01/06/2010

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It is different for everyone however if you breastfeed it is suppose to delay getting your period. I breast feed my son for six weeks and I didn't breastfeed my daughter and I got my period a couple months after I had them.

Destiny - posted on 01/06/2010

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well it also depends on if you are breast feeding if you are it could take longer for your period to start up.. i didnt start mine until 6 months after my daughter was born and the doctor told me it was normal in alot of woman to do that if they are breast feeding and if not it can not start anywhere from a month to 3 depending on the woman...

Jessica - posted on 01/06/2010

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I had mine about 2 months after and it was forced because I started birth control

Ulett - posted on 01/06/2010

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hey bianca



u will usually start getting them 4 - 6 weeks after u have finished bleeding from having bub, they can b heavy until u get back to ur normal cycle.

for example, i bled for 2 weeks after i had my daughter and i had my first period when she was 7 weeks old, the first 6 periods where heavy, i finally went back to normal periods when she was 14 mths old but with my son, i bled for 5 weeks then got my first period when he was nearly 11 weeks, hes now 11 mths and im back to normal already, each person and pregnancy is different, the time in which u get ur first period will differ from sum1 elses. they r most likely going to b irregular bcuz ur body has been put out of wack with a pregnancy and labour.

it really just depends on how ur body recuperates after having a child as to whether u get them sooner or irregular

i hope ive been sum help!! cheers!

Lyndsey - posted on 01/06/2010

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im nursing exclusively and its been 15 and a half wks and still havent got mine yet.my dr said with nursing the average for when ur period returns is 4-6 mo after but could be sooner or longer...my friend had her friend had her baby 2 days after me and she got hers after 8 wks i think she was exclusively nursing till then but then started supplementing one bottle a day and i think it triggered her period.

Jill - posted on 01/06/2010

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Well I had my son april 3rd... bled for about 2 weeks starting really heavy and getting way lighter towards the end... I nursed for 4 months and never got a period... now he is 9 months old and I just got my first official post period last week... it was as normal as before only my cramps never came (crossing my fingers they dont)

Angie - posted on 01/06/2010

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im breast feeding, my son is just over 4 months old, i do not have my perdiod yet,,,,, not complaining about it lol

Jacqueline - posted on 01/06/2010

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I am a Breastfeeding Momma and My daughter is about to turn 1 on Jan 19th and I STILL havent got my period! Im loving it! LOL

Vicki - posted on 01/06/2010

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My daughter was born at the end of July09. I bled for about 5 weeks after the delivery and then about 3 weeks after that, I had some light bleeding for about 4 days. I figured my period had come back, but I haven't had any other bleeding since then. I took a couple of pregnancy tests just to make sure I hadn't gotten pregnant again and they were all negative. I've been exclusively breastfeeding since my daughter was born, and so at this point I figure I just won't get one until probably after she is weened...and that is fine with me :-)

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