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12th-Aug-2012 10:13 pm
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After giving birth, how long did it take for you to get your period back? What was that first one like (high or low flow, etc.?)? Were your periods regular thereafter?

Were you breastfeeding, and if so did you pump or exclusively nurse?
Edited to ask: If you were exclusively nursing, did your baby sleep through the night or had you yet introduced solids when your period returned?

Thanks :)
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13th-Aug-2012 04:57 am (UTC)
First pregnancy, I was 6 1/2 mos pp when it came back (completely unannounced... used to have horrible cramping. No more!) I was breastfeeding exclusively, and never pumping.

This pregnancy, I'm 3 mos today and it's still not back. Hoping it won't be until November as well, though I'm getting a Mirena in September so don't know how that might change things. ; ) Still nursing exclusively.
13th-Aug-2012 05:00 am (UTC)
I gave birth in October and my post birth bleeding lasted for like 3-4 weeks I believe. I know it was gone at least 6 weeks after because I had intercourse almost exactly at 6 weeks (around Thanksgiving) when I got the go-ahead and I wouldn't have if I had still had lochia or bleeding. I am pretty sure I got my normal period back relatively quickly after that, I think by mid-December.

I couldn't BF because she never wanted to latch on and I pumped for about 3 weeks but I couldn't keep my supply up.
13th-Aug-2012 05:08 am (UTC)
Oh and I should mention that they have been relatively similar to my pre-pregnancy periods except now they are all kind of more clotty than prior. And it's been 3 years since I first gave birth.
13th-Aug-2012 05:09 am (UTC)
My daughter is 20 months old, is still breastfeeding, and my period has not returned yet.

We nursed exclusively until about 6 months, and she didn't start sleeping trough the night until she was 17 months old.
13th-Aug-2012 05:13 am (UTC)
Whoa, 17 months? I was hoping to get my kiddo into his crib by 6 months but don't want to move him until he's sleeping through the night to avoid having to get up to feed (he's co-sleeping currently).
13th-Aug-2012 06:17 am (UTC)
Mine started sleeping through the night around 14 months. We did move him around 7 months (into his own crib) and it led to nursing less but he would still nurse at least once a night. This is pretty standard I think.

My period returned around 9 months. I was working and pumping 3 days a week. The rest of the time I fed on demand.
13th-Aug-2012 06:35 am (UTC)
Nursing toddlers not STTN is really common, whether they co-sleep or not.

We stopped co-sleeping when my daughter was actually ready to STTN.

I don't think the extended night nursing is what has kept my period away, as we're three months past nightweaning, and still no cycle.
13th-Aug-2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
My 16-month still nurses 3-6 times per night AND I am pregnant.
13th-Aug-2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Similar here. Period came back at 20m pp, not lighter or heavier than normal. My son slept in his own crib after 3m, did not sleep through the night until 18m. I nursed/pumped exclusively until 6m, kept nursing non-exclusively until 27m.

I was also on the mini pill when my period returned, and it skipped some months as well (had a period in December, skipped Jan and Feb, had one in March, etc.)
13th-Aug-2012 05:27 pm (UTC)
My first slept through the night at 23 months old. DS is 14 mos and still wakes up and nurses several times a night.
13th-Aug-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
I breastfed on demand for ~6mo both times. Neither baby went more than 6h without feeding until at least a year. The first time I returned to fertility around 21mo PP. The second time it was 18mo, but not regular at all before I got pregnant again 8mo later.
13th-Aug-2012 05:25 am (UTC)
Mirena IUD, baby began sleeping through the night between 3-4 months, exclusively breastfed until almost 9 months, first period at 12 months PP. Flow was fairly normal but it lasted for like 2-3 weeks.
13th-Aug-2012 05:34 am (UTC)
I got mine back at 8 weeks postpartum. It was a little heavier than before and my periods were regular after that. I hadn't gone back to work yet, so I was nursing on demand. No solids or supplementing, and he woke every 2-3 hours to nurse. So lucky, eh?
13th-Aug-2012 05:40 am (UTC)
Mine came back at eight months pp, breastfeeding no pumping, kid didn't sleep through the night until 15 months when I weaned him completely.
13th-Aug-2012 05:46 am (UTC)
I breastfed exclusively for 9 months and then introduced solids but my son never really took to them until he was 13 months old or so. I didn't get my period back until I was 17 months pp and that was, roughly, when he started sleeping through the night as well. Before then, he'd wake at least once or twice to nurse. I breastfed my son until he was about 32 months old (2 years, 8 months).

My periods were not very regular right after and were longer than "normal" - 40ish days instead of 30 days.
13th-Aug-2012 06:00 am (UTC)
I got my period about two months after my son's birth, and they became way more regular (from 30-35 days to 28 days exactly). I formula fed though so it didn't affect my period. The flow was pretty much normal.
13th-Aug-2012 06:38 am (UTC)
11 months, 10 months, 10 months 1 day.

First is VERY heavy for me (I'm also a long bleeder pp - 7w, 8.5w, 10w). This last one was so heavy that I had to go back to the depends that I had for pp use - I was bleeding through my pad and denim skirt in 1 hour. I felt like I had the worst flu ever this time as well - it literally sent me to bed with nausea, vomiting, bloating, and horrible abdominal pain (NOT cramps - more like I thought I had a perforated bowel or something). I have another friend that this has happened to as well, and it seems for us that the first pp periods get worse with each pregnancy.

Also, I was still nursing all my kids, though none exclusively at that point. #1 was more or less exclusive as he didn't eat much until he turned 1. 1 was not sleeping through the night, but 2 and 3 were for the most part.
13th-Aug-2012 09:18 am (UTC)
6 weeks
8 weeks
4 weeks

Not sleeping through the night, exclusively nursing. They were regular, unfortunately with the last two "regular" meant every two weeks. :( They were a little lighter than before, the last two returns to menstruating. But I figured that was due to bleeding every two weeks.

Edited at 2012-08-13 09:21 am (UTC)
13th-Aug-2012 09:21 am (UTC)
My period came back at 11 weeks postpartum, to the day. I don't remember what it was like, if it was heavy or whatever. My periods have been extremely regular since - almost more regular than they were before.
13th-Aug-2012 10:04 am (UTC)
Never came back. DS was 7mo, breastfeed, sleeping the night and started eating solids when I found out baby #2 was on the way. My LMP is sometime in 2010, lol. Doctor just looks at me funny, but that's it.
13th-Aug-2012 12:39 pm (UTC)
What made you test for #2? Just wondering if you had pregnancy symptoms or what? If I hadn't had my period I think I would've assumed not pregnant.. (8 weeks pp on #1 so I could find myself in your shows one day!!)
13th-Aug-2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
My husband and I joke that I was almost a TLC special. I had no idea I was pregnant!

I went to my doctor in March for a routine physical. They asked for my LMP and I said I was breastfeeding and it wasn't back yet. She asked if I wanted a pregnancy test and I told her "I don't think I'm pregnant, but sure, why not!". And of course, it was positive! They ordered an hcg and it was ~ 17,000 (~ 6w) pregnant. In hindsight, I wasn't getting as much milk when I pumped(I work FT, pump at work) as I normally could and I did have some tenderness. Otherwise, no symptoms until about 9w when I started to have an aversion to certain foods/smells and I started to get nausous on exertion. Very mild first trimester.
13th-Aug-2012 10:30 am (UTC)
I think it was about 8 months after. I nurse, but I work full time so I think that's why it wasn't later.
It was regular since then. Maybe a bit lighter than before I had a baby but not that different.
13th-Aug-2012 12:37 pm (UTC)
Pregnancy #1: I was 4 months pp with my first. I was EBF w/ occasional supplementation after 4 months. I had introduced solids right after I got my period as he was a reflux baby and it helped out a lot. Period came exactly 1 year to the day of the last period I had before I got pregnant. I keep vigilant track of my cycles so that's how I know. He was sleeping through the night at 5 weeks old.

Pregnancy #2: I was 3 months pp with him. He was EBF at that point and just started sleeping through the night that same week. As a note, I also got my period back exactly one year to the day after my last period before I got pregnant.

My body seems to be that in sync with itself. I have also never been on any form of HBC. With my first pregnancy my flow was back to normal with a lot less cramping than I had pre-pregnancy. With my second, it took about 6-8 months before my cycle regulated itself. I had several months where I was severely anemic and had a heavy enough flow that I was useless for the first 3 days of a 5 day period. My cycle returned to how it was pre-pregnancy when my second child was about 11 months old and it's been smooth sailing ever since (he's almost 20 months old now).
13th-Aug-2012 02:04 pm (UTC)
1st pregnancy I breastfed exclusively got my period back at 3 months PP (didn't stop bleeding after birth for 8 weeks)
2nd pregnancy I breastfed exclusively got my period back at 4 months PP (same as above) but had an IUD put in around 3 months.
neither of those kids slept through the night till 3 years.

3rd pregnancy; exclusively breastfed, baby is 3 months, no period yet, baby sleeps through the night most nights.

cycles were always light while breatsfeeding but I only ever had 3 day periods before pregnancy anyway, I'm also slightly under weight for height on average (BMI 18)

Edited at 2012-08-13 02:07 pm (UTC)
13th-Aug-2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
I went back to work at 12 weeks. Had exclusively breastfed up to that point but as soon as I started pumping during the day I ovulated. So I got my first period at 14 or 15 weeks postpartum. The first period was super light and they got progressively heavier until we conceived number two, due in March.
13th-Aug-2012 03:02 pm (UTC)
5 months pp. DDwas sleeping thru the night at 3 months. Also started supplementing formula then. Pumped exclusively before that. Introduced solids at 5 months, just before my first period. Milk supply TANKED after my first period and went to formula completely.
13th-Aug-2012 04:14 pm (UTC)
Just before 6 months. I was EBF, no pumping, no pacifiers, no solids, and he wasn't sleeping through the night. I felt completely cheated.</p>

The flow was pretty heavy.

13th-Aug-2012 04:33 pm (UTC)
My first post partum period was just a few days shy of when my son turned 10 months. It was a halfhearted very light period. I think the heaviest protection I used was a regular tampon. Mostly I just relied on pantyliners. 6 weeks or so later I had a doozy of a period with cramps so bad one night that I would have gone to the ER had I not been alone with a sleeping 11 month old. That period was also my first with an IUD though. Since then they have been regular and more or less the same as what I remember from the pre IUD, pre pill days.

My son is 3.5 and still nurses occasionally. At that time he was eating a ton of solid food (the week of the half hearted period he yanked my burger out of my hands at 5 guys and ate the whole thing) and nursing a lot. He never had bottles or formula although he was mostly finger fed for the first couple weeks of his life. He was sleeping 12 hours per night in his own room.

ETA: When my period first returned my supply would take a big hit the week before and my son would want to nurse 50,000 times per day it seemed. I would get extremely touched out and frustrated, but it got better with each cycle. by the time he was 18 months or so I barely noticed it.

Edited at 2012-08-13 04:35 pm (UTC)
13th-Aug-2012 05:32 pm (UTC)
With #1 it came back at 5 months to the day. Nursing exclusively, baby was not sleeping through the night, and no solids. I got a Mirena after that so didn't have regular periods with it.

With #2 it came back at 11 months. Nursing regularly (not pumping, no bottles, he was eating solids, and was not sleeping through the night. The first one was really light and the next one was super heavy. I'm going longer in between cycles now because I'm still nursing often. They are not as regular as before.
13th-Aug-2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
6 months for me! My son had been sleeping 6-8 hours chunks since around 6 weeks (that didn't last, unfortunately) but he was still exclusively breastfed at that point. It took a few months for my cycle to settle down but my periods have been pretty regular since then.
13th-Aug-2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
I got mine back nine months PP. The first one was quite heavy and I was fairly regular thereafter. I was breastfeeding at the time and pumping two times a day three days a week while at work. My son has slept through the night (8 hour stretches while I was breastfeeding) ever since he was 6 weeks old and yes, he was eating solids by nine months as well.
13th-Aug-2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
I breastfed exclusively (no pumping) until 6 1/2 months and that is the time my first PP period happened (we started solids at 6 1/2 months). I thought it had started up at 4 months PP, but it was just a little hiccup...probably trying to start? I don't know. The first period was very very light and has progressively gotten heavier to the point where it was before. And, my body is like clockwork and the periods have been exactly on time since they started up. I thought they'd be irregular, but oh well.
13th-Aug-2012 10:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, about the sleeping through the night thing...she had been going about 8 hours between feeds at night.
14th-Aug-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
I have 5 kids so it went like this:

two kids (first and 5th) enjoyed sleeping. so much that expected an early return to fertility. first periods were, respectively, at 3 months and 3.5 months pp, with ovulation occurring another 3-4 weeks after because I have long cycles.

the other 3 were, well, all different. after my two boys, I had several periods before having any ovulation. the return of periods were not attached to anything, but finally ovulating several cycles later happened right after introducing solids (atound 10 and 12 months, respectively. the periods had started around 5-ish months each time).

after my last (well, 4th, but last one I haven't mentioned `yet) I also ovulated shortly after introducing solids, but this time it occurred before a first period.

Edited at 2012-08-14 02:27 am (UTC)
14th-Aug-2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
My 1st I breastfed for 13 months, but had to start supplementjng around 6/7 months and that's when my period returned.

My 2nd it returned 18 months & I nursed for 20.

All my periods were fairly light.
14th-Aug-2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
My period returned just shy of 6 weeks postpartum. Medium flow. That was just a few days ago so don't know if they're regular yet.
I pump & supplement with formula.
14th-Aug-2012 04:41 pm (UTC)
I breastfed exclusively until 6 months (still nursing at 18 months, though). That's when my period started back up, almost 6 months to the day PP; we started solids the week after that. It was perfectly normal for me, heavy flow for 2-3 days, then tapering off for 4-5. My cramping is still the same (i.e. awful) for about 2 days, and while they're the same duration as before, they seem to be more regular.

My son was sleeping through the night from about 3 months on; I'd nurse him around 10-11PM before going to bed myself, then he'd wake up around 6AM or so. Pretty awesome.
14th-Aug-2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
First period six weeks pp, normal flow (moderate) regular since then (like prior to getting pregnant), but the intensity changed. First two days are now heavy, then it gets lighter, fast (i.e. three more days). Before I had horrible cramping and pain on the first day, then three days of moderate to heavy bleeding, and some more days of tapering off.

No pumping, back then I was exclusively and fully bf-ing on demand (sooo many times a day!), lots of skin to skin, co-sleeping etc. I felt so betrayed! Although fertility is good after all, too. :-)

Edited at 2012-08-14 11:47 pm (UTC)
18th-Aug-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Still breastfeeding my 22 month old. I got my first cycle back last month and it was pretty much like it was before I got pregnant.
18th-Aug-2012 10:17 am (UTC)
With my first I exclusively pumped for 11 months (dropping my nightly pump at about 12 weeks postpartum) and didn't get my period back until about 6 weeks after I stopped pumping. Even when I was down to only 2 pumping sessions a day I still didn't get my cycle back.

With my second I exclusively pumped for 15 months (once again dropping my overnight pump at about 12 weeks) and just like the 1st time around, I didn't get my period back until I wasn't pumping anymore (about 5 weeks after I packed it back up in the closet).

Both times when my cycles resumed I had the periods from hell, but I was suffering from a uterine infection after my 1st, and with my 2nd my first bleed was actually an early miscarriage so I think that's why it was so heavy/painful.
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