When Will I Get My Period Post-Childbirth?

The exact time a woman will get her period back after birth varies and is dependent on many factors, but the average time for a period to return to breastfeeding mothers is eight months.

Just as pregnancy and delivery are different for every woman, so too are postpartum changes and experiences. Hormone levels are all over the map after childbirth and can cause the body to behave in certain ways, such as suppressing a period.

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The exact time a woman will get her period back after birth varies and is dependent on many factors, such as if she is breastfeeding or not.

After the stress of childbirth, a woman's body will need time to heal and adjust to not being pregnant anymore. This happens quicker for some than others, but typically takes four to six weeks. It is recommended to visit your doctor for a routine postpartum checkup within two to six weeks following the birth.

In the Beginning

Immediately after giving birth, the blood you will encounter will be bright red and can be quite heavy. This blood is not a period but can seem as such. This is due to the uterus shrinking back to size and the body ridding itself of previous substances. It is important not to use tampons during this time, as they can gather bacteria rather quickly and cause infection.

The blood levels will decrease over the next week or so and turn to paler browns and reds in color. Discharge, or lochia, may turn to a yellowish-white before ceasing. Typically, blood flow will stop after the week, but for some, it can last up to six or so weeks.

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The Real Deal

Women who do not breastfeed usually find their period resurfaces somewhere between one and two months; for 80% of women, it returns by ten weeks. It is common to have heavier or irregular periods until your body finds its rhythm again. It has been said that acupuncture can help regulate periods for some women.

For those who choose to breastfeed, their periods won't come until later. Breastfeeding causes the pituitary gland to release prolactin, which, in high levels, suppresses ovulation. A full-time breastfeeding mother will most likely not get her period back until she begins to wean her baby or supplement. The average time for a period to return to breastfeeding mothers is eight months.

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When Will I Get My Period Post-Childbirth?

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  1. Profile photo of Brooke Brooke says:

    All of this stuff about women that exclusively breast feed not having their cycle return right after birth has always proven false for me. I breastfed on demand, around the clock, and I have always had a period no more than two months afterward.

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