First Period After Childbirth: What To Expect?

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Life is about to take on a brand-new era for you. With a new baby in your life, you can imagine how difficult it would be to maintain your routine. A child's birth affects more than just your routine. It also affects your physical health. The body tries to return to its pre-pregnancy state after delivery.

You will see a change in your shape and size after delivery. You can also expect your periods after delivery since your organs will resume their functions internally to maintain your health. 

Pregnancy indeed comes with some discomfort symptoms, but one benefit of the pregnancy phase is that you can enjoy a break from your periods. Even so, your period will eventually return after delivery, regardless of whether you are using hormonal birth control or not.

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After childbirth, When Period Begins

As a breastfeeding woman, you usually do not get your period back until you stop nursing for some time after you give birth. When you stop partially nursing, you may also get a period, especially if you do so at night.

It is possible to start having periods as early as five weeks after giving birth if you bottle-feed or if you combine breastfeeding with bottle feeding. 

Breastfeeding full-time increases the production of prolactin, which helps you produce milk for your baby. Moreover, it prevents you from having your period.

Other Postpartum Discharges

After giving birth, you will experience bleeding for six to eight weeks regardless of whether you had a C-section or a vaginal delivery. However, this is not the same as menstruation. The process is called lochia.

You may experience a few blood clots during the beginning, and your lochia will be a deep red color. You may experience clots that are as large as a plum. Within a couple of days, you will notice the discharge becoming more watery and turning pink or brown.

The lochia often becomes whitish or yellowish after a few weeks and does not appear every day. Tampons should never be used by new mothers who experience lochia after giving birth. It is not advisable to use anything inside the vagina within six weeks after giving birth.

Changes in Timeline and Pain

Your period may look different when it returns as opposed to when you had it before. You might find that it is heavier than usual. The cramping could be more or less intense than it was previously. Several of you are currently breastfeeding, which may lead to irregular periods sometimes, especially if you are still nursing.

The first few times you experience clotting in your periods, you may notice some more than usual. You should consult a physician if you experience blood clots during your period for at least a week. 

After childbirth, you may find your periods easier. In many cases, this is due to the uterus stretching out and becoming more relaxed. Those with bigger, stretched-out uteruses may find it more difficult, as they have more tissue to shed each cycle. 

After pregnancy, a single menstrual cycle does not mean you're back on your period. Ovulation may or may not have taken place. When you have started weaning your child, you are more likely to ovulate.

Period Tips for After-Childbirth 

For postnatal bleeding referred to as lochia, you should not use a menstrual cup or any internal menstrual care product. Having a baby increases the risk of infection and the body needs time to recover.

There is no doubt that vaginal labor, episiotomies, forceps, and after-birth stitches affect the feel and appearance of the vaginal area. Getting pregnant also changes the vaginal wall's elasticity. Yes, it sounds strange, and for some, it will be an incredibly difficult road to recovery. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor for help if you are experiencing pelvic pain.

You may not even be able to put your menstrual cup in on the first try after childbirth due to these physiological changes. You may feel frustrated when this happens! Your trusted period care option isn't functioning as it should, while also caring for a loveable baby.

You will find success with a menstrual cup after pregnancy after a few months or even a year.

Tampons can be Harmful  

In your first few postpartum cycles, you can expect an increased flow of menstrual blood and cramps. Likewise, your hormones are trying to find their new groove as your menstrual cycle gets back into the rhythm of monthly periods. Don't forget that creating life is a big deal.

The use of a menstrual cup can help you keep track of changes in your menstrual flow if you are cleared to use one. If you are experiencing changes such as spotting during your cycle, skipping periods, or large clots, talk to your doctor. It could be a sign of infection or fibroids if you find yourself changing products every hour. 

Women's Bodies React Differently To Different Phenomena

During pregnancy, many women have an ongoing fear of what their bodies will look like after childbirth. When you have a baby, your body will change, but that doesn't have to be a negative thing. Dieting culture is bombarding us with messages about regaining our bodies. 

That baby just joined the world. You did a lot of adjusting, changing, and growing to get used to that new life. Furthermore, your body now has to feed that baby, heal from birth, carry the baby, and do it all while you get very little sleep.

Yet, it can be tough to appreciate your body when you're unhappy with yourself. Think of yourself with grace and compassion when you're having negative body thoughts. Be thankful for everything your baby and your body have done.