Managing First Period after Pregnancy

Apart from glowing skin and growing hair there is another benefit of pregnancy i.e. freedom from periods for nine long months. But, expecting mothers are curious to know about the menstrual cycle. Just like the life after baby, periods – menstrual cycle post-baby is different.

If it is a vaginal delivery (Natural labor) – periods will return immediately after the baby is born, if it is a cesarean your periods will start by six to eight weeks after the baby’s birth, if you are not breastfeeding. If you breastfeed, the time may vary between six months to one year.

After vaginal delivery when period returns immediately the doctor may not recommend you to use tampon, disposable period panties are safe and best to manage first menstruation post-baby. disposable period panties are safer compared to tampons as the body is still healing and tampons may be painful.

You may also notice some change in breast milk and latching schedule of your baby after the first menstrual cycle resumes. The hormonal changes in body will influence your breast milk and the quantity of supply, this is because the milk composition is affected and sometimes may reduce. Also, the taste may change. But, do not give up on breast feeding, these are basic hormonal changes that are quite common and very minor.

Post-baby period cycle will definitely be different from the cycle before pregnancy. These are some of the changes that you might notice after delivery:

1.) Irregular length

2.) Heavy flow

3.) Flow that might stop and start

4.) Small blood clots

5.) Cramps that may be strong or light

First periods after pregnancy will be heavier and continue for long (30 to 45 days approx.) As the cycle gets normal these changes will decrease and the cycle will settle subsequently.

Your body will continue to shed some blood and tissue that lined your uterus while you were pregnant, so a bit of bleeding and vaginal discharge is experienced while the baby is delivered.

Visit your doctor in case you experience the following:

  • Sudden Fever
  • Foul-smell in discharge
  • Large blood clots (larger than a soft ball)
  • Trouble in breathing
  • Pain while urinating
  • Using more than one sanitary napkin in an hour

Excess bleeding may lead to infection, maintaining menstrual hygiene is extremely important, if the bleeding causes irritation or infection, immediately visit your doctor.