Menstrual Pattern After Birth: We Explained In 7 Questions!

After you hold your baby in your arms, you wonder when your body will return to its original shape, right? In this article, we have answered the 7 questions you are most curious about after the birth!

1- When do menstruation occur after giving birth?

The duration of the first menstruation after birth varies from person to person and according to the mother’s physical condition. In fact, postpartum menstrual delay is directly related to the mother’s breastfeeding. Hormones released during breastfeeding prevent menstrual bleeding. So when does the breastfeeding mother get her period after giving birth? If the mother is breastfeeding regularly, menstruation can occur even after 1 year. If She is not breastfeeding, she may menstruate earlier. This is also related to the frequency and type of breastfeeding.

“When will menstruation occur after cesarean section?” you may be asking. It doesn’t matter if you had a normal or cesarean delivery. Everything we wrote above also applies to those who gave birth by cesarean section.

However, in general, we can say that for menstruation after birth, the body, hormones and uterus need to recover. This takes about 6 weeks. After 6 weeks, your chances of getting a period increase.

2- What causes menstrual irregularity after birth?

It is normal to experience menstrual irregularity after giving birth. In fact, this issue is all about the breastfeeding order! Even the frequency and duration of breastfeeding affects the menstrual pattern. As long as you continue to feed your baby with breast milk, you may experience various changes in your menstrual cycle. In other words, it is normal to delay menstruation while breastfeeding, and to have a period while breastfeeding!

3- How many days does the first menstruation last after birth?

Since the body will try to adapt to the menstrual cycle again after pregnancy, the first menstrual density after birth may be shorter and in the form of clots. Therefore, the first menstruation may take about 3-5 days after delivery. However, this should not be confused with lochia, which is called puerperal bleeding. This bleeding is more intense than menstrual and can last up to 6 weeks.

The first menstruation after birth usually has the following characteristics:

  • There are more severe menstrual cramps .
  • Small clots may be seen.
  • Bleeding may continue intermittently, there may be pauses. So, as you can see, the menstrual cycle may fluctuate a little after delivery.

4- Is it possible to get pregnant without menstruation after giving birth?

The answer to this question is “ Can you get pregnant while breastfeeding? Same with the question ”! Hormones secreted during breastfeeding prevent menstrual bleeding, but ovulation continues in this process. In other words, if you have unprotected intercourse during this period, there is always a risk of getting pregnant. The information that breastfeeding prevents pregnancy is not true. If you don’t want to get pregnant while breastfeeding, you should definitely use birth control methods .

5- Is it normal to have a lot of menstrual bleeding after giving birth?

Why is there a lot of menstrual bleeding after giving birth? If the first menstrual intensity after delivery is different from what you were used to before pregnancy, if it is very intense and the day is long, the reason for this bleeding may be different. In such a case, it is a good idea to consult your doctor immediately.

6- Does the absence of menstruation cause bloating after birth?

The absence of menstruation always causes bloating. One of the reasons for the bloating you will experience after giving birth may be that your menstrual period has not started yet. But if you have intense bloating, it may not be the only reason you can’t menstruate. We recommend consulting your doctor.

7- Is medicine used for menstruation after birth?

“What should I do to get my period after giving birth?” It is not recommended to use any medication during breastfeeding because there is a possibility that the substances in them can pass to your baby through milk. But if you feel uncomfortable both physically and psychologically because you don’t have a period, you can use menstrual pills with your doctor’s approval.

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