first period after delievery

Jessica - posted on 09/23/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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how soon should i expect it? (it's been 3 1/2 weeks) will it be the same as previous periods or heavier/lighter? the same length? also what is the best method/type of birth control to get on? i'm considering yaz? anyone know anything about it? thanks!

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Jessica - posted on 09/24/2009

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hiya to be honest with you personally I was bleeding after the labour for 4 weeks and then suddenly it stopped for at least a week then i started to get cramps really severe familiar ones i would associate with a period, and while out shopping i felt the period come on and had to rush to the toilet, it was heavy and messy and not very nice and had really bad pains with it, it stopped 5 days later so i knew it must have been my period as it was too familar and bright red unlike the dark brown blood i had experienced after birth and now im not bleeding at all anymore and my son is 6 weeks now but i do think every woman is different. so i would say if it doesnt come back after 3 months to go to see your doctor. i think your be fine though, it will come back naturally. plus im not breastfeeding which could be while i got mine so quick, my milk dried out on the 3rd week after delivery. hope ths helps you.

Julia - posted on 09/24/2009

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Jill ~ Mirena does have hormones. I at first thought the same thing when I chose to get it the first time. Paraguard, the other IUD does NOT have hormones but you have to deal w/ heavier crampier periods according to my OB.
I copied this straight from webmd.com, if you go to the site and type Mirena you can get the actual articles but here it is:
The progestin IUD (Mirena), the progestin-only injection (Depo-Provera), and the progestin-only implant (Implanon) can relieve cramping and menstrual bleeding, make periods less frequent, or even stop periods altogether.

Anyway, Mirena, contains the hormone progestin.

Jill - posted on 09/24/2009

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I got mine about 2 months after Ihad my son. It was very heavy and messy. I went on Mirena IUC b/c we got pregnant on the nuva ring. I don't have to worry about missing a pill or using extra protection when on antibiotics. And it has no hormones to mess with your chemisty (which is already messed from having a little one!!) Simple easy and long lasting.

Tammy - posted on 09/24/2009

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I got a sort of period about six weeks after birth, like the last 2 days of a period, and it only lasted a couple days, but i wasn't exclusively breastfeeding then. So it just depends if you are bf etc. I am on the mini pill as it doesn't dry up your milk.

Ashley - posted on 09/24/2009

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I got mine at around three months post partum, but that is alos because I started taking my birth control around six weeks post partum. It is REALLY heavy now where it wasn't before, it lasts a few days longer, and the cramping is worse. Not to scare you, but that is what I myself experienced.
I am on the mini-pill because I breastfeed. Before I was pregnant I was on Yaz, it worked like any other pill...it didn't make me any happier or anything though, haha. But there have been some new warnings about Yaz, apparently it has a higher chance of stroke and heart attack than other birth control pills.

Julia - posted on 09/24/2009

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I think it takes some time to get your first period after you have a baby. Your body was so used to having not had one and then you have the baby and you bleed for a while after that (can be shorter time if you breast feed). I want to say that I've had my period at least 2 times since the birth of my son in June. I can't remember w/ the other 2. If you are breastfeeding, I think the mini pill is suggested b/c it is safe to use while breast feeding. Now if you aren't breast feeding then it's not as effective b/c it's not a full dose of hormones. I have never tried Yaz. I personally do not like the pills. They make me moody and gain weight. I had Mirena (an IUD) after the birth of my 1st son and had it for about 3 years and then took it out when I wanted to get pregnant w/ my 2nd son. I got pregnant w/ him a month after I had it removed. Now after the birth of my 3rd son, I plan to get Mirena again. The benefit to that is that for some women about 20% or so, stop having periods all together, which I fell into after the first few months it was in. Mirena is an IUD if I didn't mention that. There are 2 out. Mirena and Paraguard. Mirena has hormones in it, Paraguard does not. Paraguard, you will still have a period w/ and it will cause it to be heavier and more crampy than normal according to my OB, so that is why I'm going w/ Mirena again. I've been on the pills, the patch.....but not the ring (who my friend says she likes) or depoprovera or norplant (which I would never in a million years try). They can cause side effects that once you have those, b/c you've got the dose of meds in your system, it can't be reversed. So, if it makes you a moody person, you have to deal w/ it until they get out of your system. With Depo, that's 3 mo. I'm not sure about Norplant, which is inserted under your skin in your arm. It's gross. Also, I have another friend that likes Seasonale a lot b/c you only get a period every 3 mo. Now my ins. wouldn't pay for it when I wanted to go on it so what I did was take normal birth control and then the week you have your "sugar" pills, I started a new pack and did that for 3 mo. and then took the week off. I got a period that week and then I just did the same thing again for another 3 mo. Anyway, I don't know much about Yaz b/c that is another one my ins. wouldn't cover but I hope this was helpful to you.

Jessica - posted on 09/24/2009

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before i got prego i had awful periods that were never regular, but i'm thinking about going with yaz so i hope it helps me out

Kristina - posted on 09/24/2009

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it all depends on how it was before you were preggers, i didnt get my normal period till about 3 months after my son was born because before i usually skipped a few months at a time. it was after i got on the pill that it regulated it :)

Loni - posted on 09/24/2009

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I didn't get my first period until 8 1/2 months after I gave birth to my daughter. It was pretty heavy, with lots of cramps, but only lasted about 5 days. I also have been breastfeeding, so thats why it took so long for me, but it made me remember why I didn't miss them at all!!

As for birth control, Im not sure either. Im thinking about a mini-pill, b/c it has no estrogen, which is apparently recommended for nursing moms in the first year... I'll see what my doc says next week. But i've read alot of ppl have tried the IUD, and regular bc pills as well, so I guess it's kind of a hit and miss thing. Good luck in finding something that works for you.

Miranda - posted on 09/24/2009

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It depends on if you're breastfeeding or not. I breastfed for the entire first year, which I didn't bleed that whole time aside from the post-partum bleeding for about 2 weeks. I didn't get my first period until my daughter was almost 13 months. It was incredibly heavy and painful, and lasted for 11 days. I began bleeding again about a week and a half later for an addition 10 days, still VERY heavy and painful. I got my first period after birth on June 11th when I started birth control again, and have had horrible periods since. I think it may be too strong. My insurance lapsed but as soon as I get it back, I'll go to the doctor to see what the deal is! Hopefully your situation is better! Good luck and congrats!

Megan - posted on 09/23/2009

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normally the bleeding after birth can last anywhere from 2-6 weeks, so normally sometime between then darl. i got mine 8th week, so i had 1-2wk break after bleeding first.

i went back onto the pill, which works well for me, but it depends on your body basically. have a talk to you doctor about what would probably work best for you

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