That time of the month is approaching… or is it?! Whether you’re a soon-to-be mother or you’ve already been introduced to your new bundle of joy, you’ve probably been basking in your period-free months. While you were familiar with your menstrual cycle pre-pregnancy, are you prepared for your postpartum menstrual cycle? Thousands of women don’t know what to expect after giving birth, but as always, we’ve got you covered! Here’s what you should expect of your period after pregnancy.
One of the things that women can expect to get a break from during their pregnancy is their period! Why? The reason we get our period is our body’s way of showing us that we are not pregnant. When the ovaries release an egg into the Fallopian tubes, it is either fertilized or not. If not, it moves into the uterus where it is expelled, along with the uterine lining, in the form of blood – or your period. If the egg is fertilized, it moves into the uterus where it begins development. This is what stops the body from having a menstrual cycle during pregnancy.
Although women are given a free period months during their pregnancy, what can you expect of your menstrual cycle after giving birth?
When will your period return?
For this question, there is no clear-cut answer! To be honest, every woman’s body is different, and it depends on your hormone levels and what steps you take after pregnancy.
If a woman plans to breastfeed after her pregnancy, this is one factor that will delay the return of your period. Prolactin is a female hormone that is responsible for producing breast milk. While this increases breast milk production, prolactin can also prevent a woman’s body from ovulating. This means that it can also stop your period. For women who are solely breastfeeding, it can take months before the return of their period. For those who are only planning to use formula, your period can return in as little as one month!
Will your period change?
It certainly could! Don’t be alarmed if your period has changed from what you remember it to be! When you initially begin getting your period, it might seem irregular, but your body will take some time to adjust and neutralize. It’s also possible for your menstrual cycle to change! While you might be used to seven day periods, it could shorten. If you never received symptoms like bloating or cramping, it’s also possible for them to appear after pregnancy.
Can you still get pregnant before your period returns?
YES! In the absence of their period, many women believe that they cannot get pregnant. This is not true! Just because your period has yet to return doesn’t mean that you can’t get pregnant. In fact, it is possible to get pregnant almost instantly! This is why some mothers have children within the same calendar year!
How should you manage it?
It’s almost impossible to know when your period is coming after pregnancy, so it’s best to make sure that you’re prepared 24/7! No one wants to wear pads or tampons for an indefinite amount of time which is why PantyProp’s leak-proof underwear is perfect for new mothers. With different styles and absolute coverage, you’ll never have to worry about your impending period. You can focus on being a mother!
As if pregnancy wasn’t hard enough, you’ll soon have to deal with the return of your period. Make sure you know what to expect and don’t be afraid to talk to your OB/GYN if you have more questions!