The Return Of Menstruation After Pregnancy

You enjoyed almost a year of freedom from your period, cramps, irritability, and sanitary pads.  Then,one fine day, you find that all of it has come back in full force. The big question is however, when does your period return to normal after delivery. This varies from woman to woman.

If you are exclusively breastfeeding, then your menstrual cycles may return anywhere from three months to one year after delivery, sometimes even later.This is because of hormonal changes. While breast feeding, the

hormone prolactin is produced and it suppresses the ovarian function.   Those who are bottle feeding their babies have their period delayed by five to six weeks after delivery. However these figures are relative. Most women find their first period after delivery a bit bizarre. For many, there is excess bleeding,cramping, bloating and pain.  Sometimes the duration of bleeding lasts longer than the standard five to seven days.

But keep in mind that this is a normal phenomena because your body is getting back into its routine. Your hormone levels are changing and your body has not been menstruating for a long time.Naturally it will be quite different from what you are used to. Your normal cycle should be established over the next three to six months so there is no need to panic if it is irregular initially.

Another thing to keep in mind is that even if you are not getting your period while breastfeeding, it does not mean you are not ovulating. In other words, even if your not menstruating, you can still get pregnant. Breastfeeding is not an fool proof license of birth control and can only be considered as  safe method if the following conditions are met:.

* Your menstrual cycle has not returned since delivery
* You are exclusively breast feeding on demand without any other supplements
* You baby is less than six months old.

If all these conditions are met, you have a less than a two percent chance of getting pregnant.During menstruation, most women feel fatigued, irritable and even depressed. These feelings may increase manifold especially after delivering a baby, because you have more on your hands. You not only have to take care of yourself, but also a new baby who totally depends on you.

Rest may not be an easy option and you may find yourself struggling to maintain your house, your family and your health. Try and take the help of friends and family especially during this time.


I am a work at home mother of two kids living in Kerala, India. Writing is one of my passions and get inspiration from my family.