The Post Delivery Period: What To Expect

Things To Know About Menstruation & Periods After Delivery

The best part about being pregnant is no periods! But one you’ve delivered your little one, how long does it take before your body swings back into action?


The nine months are over, junior is out now and life is slowly starting to kick back into normalcy (really?).

The first thing that might come to your mind is your next period. Periods after delivery are a certain thing, but when that’ll happen depends entirely upon your body and what you do after the delivery.

The main factor that decides when you’ll get your periods after pregnancy is whether you breastfeed your baby or not, and for how long. But, again, there is no fixed formula and every woman will follow her own internal rhythm.

If you exclusively breastfeed your baby, your periods can be delayed for as long as six months before you need to start worrying about it. But if baby sleeps through the night or you begin to supplement breastfeeding with formula, your periods will begin much earlier.

Again, this is no guaranteed, written pattern. Menstruation after pregnancy will vary from woman to woman, despite your breastfeeding preference.

If you opt to only formula-feed your baby, your menses after delivery could arrive anywhere between one or three months after. If you don’t get your periods three months after delivering your baby, please contact your doctor.

Remember one thing, whether you’re breastfeeding or not, whether you’ve got your periods or not, your body could release its first postpartum egg anytime. If you plan on having sex, birth control is a must, or you could very well get pregnant. And that’s the last thing you’re planning on, right?

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Another thing to keep in mind is the type of flow. Because your body is adjusting and getting back to its previous state, your period flow could be heavier or lighter than before, sometimes accompanied with blood clots. Don’t panic. Give it a few months and you should be back to a regular flow.

You might also notice that your cycles are a bit irregular, with more or slightly less cramping. What might have been like clockwork earlier might be off by a few days for a bit. It’s also not unusual to notice slight spotting in between your periods too.

Only if your irregular periods seem to continue for longer than a few months, or you seem to have a very heavy flow for many months straight, do you need to visit your doctor to check for any issues.

Whatever you do, don’t be alarmed. Keep a travel pack of Whisper pads with you all the time for any contingency, and before you know it, things will be back to normal.

Also, check out 5 effective home remedies to deal with stomach pain during periods here at our blog.

Read useful health tips for women here.

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