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Your First Period After Delivery

It feels strange to get your first period after pregnancy. After nine whole months of period-free life, you really don't want them, do you? Well, there are certain things to be aware of to make your experience less horrifying, as some women say it to be.

First, you should know that in case you are not breastfeeding, be prepared for your first period to arrive early, about 2 and half months after delivery. However, your ovulation chances are bleak, about two percent, if:

  • You are breastfeeding fully or almost fully
  • Your baby's age is below 6 months
  • Your first period has not resumed

What is Lochia?

Just after delivery, the blood that had once formed your uterus lining during pregnancy will come out, along with mucus and tissue. This discharge is known as lochia. Do not panic by seeing the bright red blood being expelled in heavy amounts. It's normal. In fact, when you step out of bed the first time after giving birth, you may find blood running down your legs. Maybe that's why women call it a horrifying experience. But there is nothing to worry about. It's going to get over soon.

You may also observe a few clots, small in size, when you use the bathroom or on your pad. This blood is the one that remained accumulated in your vagina while you were in bed. As long as the clots are small and few in number, there's nothing to worry about. However, large clots need doctor's attention.

Days After Delivery.

Within a few hours or days, the bleeding will slow down just as it happens with a normal menstruation cycle. In course of time, you will find it change to a watery pink discharge. Later, it changes to brownish color.

However, as you resume your everyday activities, you will notice the bleeding revert to bright red color. This is normal unless the bleeding is more than what you have in a heavy period. In a few weeks time, the discharge may change from clear to yellowish.

Duration Of Bleeding

Some women bleed for a couple of months, while some bleed for just a week or two. It is advisable to use sanitary napkins during bleeding. Do not use tampons, as it may increase the chances of infection.

When Your Period Returns.

There is no hard and fast rule for the time of the first period to appear after delivery. Each woman has a different story to tell. However, one common ground is that women who do not breastfeed may get their first period as early as a month or two after giving birth.

For breastfeeding moms, the first period waits until you cease to breastfeed. Again, this does not hold true for every woman. Women who are into heavy breastfeeding may not get their first period for as long as six months. Some may start to menstruate after 3 or 4 months.

It's good to read books or visit websites related to pregnancy to know more about your first period, so that you won't be horrified to see the bright red blood trickle down, as you wake up to a new life.