After having a baby, your body will resume its menstrual cycle. But what does that really look like? Here's what to expect from your first postpartum period.
While not every element to pregnancy is glamorous (looking at you, morning sickness), we can appreciate the 9 months without a period.
But, now that you've delivered, what can you expect for your first postpartum period? Is it going to be much different than it was before? Should you be scared?
Totally kidding. There's no doubt that the first period after childbirth is definitely different. But, if you know what to expect, the transition will be made much easier.
So, pull up a seat and get your (note) pads ready- here is what your first postpartum period is like.
When Will I Get My First Period?
Typically, it takes 6 to 8 weeks for your first period to happen after delivering. While 6-8 weeks is a standard time frame, if it happens before or after that, it's usually normal.
If you breastfeed, your period may come at a much later time. Some women won't even get their period throughout the entire duration, and that's normal, too.
In the event that your period comes quickly after birth, you should be cautious. Avoid tampons and menstrual cups until the 6-week mark, as it can disturb your body's healing process.
What's Going to Be Different?
There are several changes you'll notice in your periods after having a child. That's because your body needs to reacquaint with menstruation after a 9-month break.
You may experience lighter or stronger cramps than usual. Also, it's perfectly normal for your period to be spottier or heavier than usual.
Lastly, after childbirth, many women notice that their periods aren't very consistent. They stop and go, stop and go, which we all know is frustrating.
What Happens in the In-between Time?
Leading up to your first period, your body will still be undergoing some pivotal changes.
No matter whether you had a c-section or birthed vaginally, you're going to experience some bleeding and discharge. This isn't to be confused with your period.
At first, for a few days, you can expect very heavy, more clotty bleeding, later it will subside to spotting. Normal postpartum bleeding or lochia typically lasts for four to eight weeks in total. Lochia consists of blood, tissue shed from the lining of the uterus, and mucus.
If you notice that you went from blood to discharge and then back to blood, it's likely you got your period.
Is There Anything to Be Wary of in My First Postpartum Period?
There are some things to look for that may be a cause for concern.
As we mentioned above, your period could be a lot heavier than normal. But, if you're going through tampons way too frequently- think 1 hour- that could be trouble.
You need to listen to your body, especially focusing on those evil, evil cramps. These will also be heavier after childbirth.
But, you don't want to disregard all severe pain as 'bad cramps'. If you're bleeding then experience a quick and sharp pain, you'll need to seek help.
Also, if you come down with a fever or other sudden illness, that's also not good. If you experience any of these symptoms, reach out to your doctor as soon as possible.
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