How soon after birth
Did you get your period?
, Dec 22 2012 07:21 PM
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Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:21 PM
This post may be TMI....
I had an emergency c-section early nov
I stopped bleeding around week 5
Then in the last few days it started again, firstly brown so I thought it was just a little old blood.
Then today there is more but red in colour.
Saw GP yesterday and she started me on antibiotics as she thought it was an infection (also have tenderness in belly)
DP wonders if it could be my period.
I exclusively breast feed and didn't think you ovulated in the first 6 months if you exclusively breast fed.
Anyone got some thoughts on this or past experience on this?
Edited by Leafprincess, 22 December 2012 - 07:26 PM.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:24 PM
It's very possible to get your period back right away, i think all it takes is 1-2 gaps of 6 hours in feeding, but some I know haven't even had this and got their af back.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:24 PM
DD is six months and I still don't have it back. I mix feed too so I don't exclusively BF.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:27 PM
Any bleeding in the first 9 weeks is not considered a period. The tenderness in your belly is the concern, rather than bleeding alone.
And you can ovulate in the first 6 months even with breastfeeding so don't count on it for contraception! If you want to do the Lactational Amenorrhoea Method then contact someone who can help you with that so you know whether you can rely on it or not.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:28 PM
I don't think exclusively breastfeeding stops you from ovulating...
I got my period back around 8 weeks and I was exclusively expressing. I think some people are just lucky and get 6 months off while others of us just have to go on with business as usual
Congrats on your bub
Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:32 PM
I bled for 11 weeks after giving birth to DS. I then got my period back when he was 4 months old.
He was fully breastfed on demand and definitely did not go more than 3 hours without a feed.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:32 PM
I don't know about the tenderness but I DO know it's a wives tale that you can't ovulate if you are breast feeding. Many babies have been conceived when their mothers thought they would be safe because they were breast feeding their first baby.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:32 PM
DD - Period returned at 7 weeks despite exclusively breastfeeding around the clock. (The longest period between feeds maybe 5-6 hours?)
DS - He is 5 months today and I am still waiting but I am tandem feeding and feeding DS 2-3 hourly at night still so lots more feeding going on which is why I suspect it still isn't back yet.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:36 PM
I had bleeding for about 8 weeks post birth and then my period returned maybe 4-6 weeks later... so I barely had a break
and I exclusively breastfed.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:39 PM
I had an emergency Caesar with DD5.
She is nearly 8 months and I still don't have my period back. She is on solids, but still being breastfed.
After the CS I bled for about 8 weeks on and off. My OB said you can bleed more and for longer with a CS.
Edited by nessrose, 22 December 2012 - 07:40 PM.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 07:47 PM
Yes I got mine back at 5 weeks. Lochia stopped at 3 weeks. Went back to doctor's wondering what was wrong, yes - my period was back. Excellent!
DS was fully breastfed and fed every 2 hours. I've always been jealous of ladies that get theirs back when they finish breastfeeding!!
Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:00 PM
Wow, didn't realize it could come back so quickly!
I wish my OB wasn't fishing in Tasmania so I could see him instead of the GP
Edited by Leafprincess, 22 December 2012 - 08:01 PM.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:01 PM
13 months on and still nothing...
Post-partum bleeding was less than one week with a caesarian.
Not sure if there are any "rules" about these things.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 08:58 PM
Emerg c-sec at 31 weeks....bled 10 days, 2 pp haemmorages, period back 5 weeks after the birth. Bc of my pp haemmorages the ob took extra care in checking me out, and yep, it was my period. I was expressing every 3 hours round the clock.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:05 PM
I had an emergency c-section too, lochia stopped about 2 weeks afterward, then I got my period when he was 8 weeks old.
I think the weirdest part of it all was remembering how the whole thing worked again - I hadn't had to think about it for a year.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:45 PM
I had a vaginal birth, lochia lasted 8 weeks. DS is now 10 months old and my period still hasn't returned.
I have been experiencing PMS type symptoms and cramping for the past couple of months though, which has been odd.
Didn't really experience PMS before DS was born and I'm not a fan.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 09:52 PM
I breastfed exclusively but got my period back at 4 months, SIL did the same and got hers back at 3 months. It's possible, breastfeeding or not, to get your period quite early, or for it to stay away for 12 months +. There is a lot of variation.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 10:05 PM
Around 16 months after birth. I did get more bleeding a week or more after my post birth bleeding had seemed to have stopped though which lasted a couple of days then nothing again.
Posted 22 December 2012 - 11:41 PM
Edited by bye, 29 March 2013 - 03:04 PM.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:16 AM
With my first baby I lost my period for 18 months even though she slept through the night early on. With my second who was exclusively bf and fed through the night reguarly my period returned as my post partum bleeding stopped.
I was told it was unusual but not concerning but worth getting it checked/taking the antibiotics anyway. I had an infection after my first and it was no fun at all.
Posted 23 December 2012 - 12:04 PM
I'm one of the lucky ones. No period until 6-8 weeks after weaning, including BF beyond the first birthday.
Hopefully it'll be the same after #4. I like the idea of a couple of years without it!
I am lucky with this, but I am jealous of those with short labours, and toddlers who sleep through the night, if that helps LOL. I don't get that!
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