When Will I Get My Period Post-Childbirth?

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When to See Your Doctor

The absence of a period following childbirth is usually nothing to be concerned with, and in most cases, it works itself out naturally, but it is important to visit your health provider if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Tenderness in the uterine area
  • Large blood clots
  • Sudden bright-red blood loss
  • Offensive discharge or odor
  • Persistent red discharge

It is also important to note that although the chance is low, it is possible to ovulate and get pregnant during the month before your first period—as early as three weeks after birth. Observing your cervical mucus can help you spot when you begin ovulating again.

The bottom line is, regardless of whether or not a period is present, it is recommended to use birth control if you are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant again, even if you're breastfeeding.

{ MORE: Postpartum Birth Control: Permanent and Temporary }

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When Will I Get My Period Post-Childbirth?

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  1. 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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