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Will my periods be different after having my baby?

Will my periods be different after having my baby?
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Your first couple of periods after baby may be a bit different from usual, as your hormone levels adjust and your menstrual cycle gets back on track. If you're not nursing, you should get your first period within six to eight weeks of delivering, and you may find that it's heavier and crampier than usual. If you're breastfeeding and your period comes back later, it may be very erratic at first, lasting longer than a normal period (sometimes as long as two weeks) and then not coming at all for a month or two. The most important thing to remember is that even though your period is off-kilter, you could still be ovulating. So if another baby isn't in your plans right now, be sure to use reliable birth control.

Many new moms report that their periods tend to either get shorter or longer after having a baby. Some find that their cramps are milder now (probably due to the stretching of the uterus during pregnancy), while other women complain of more painful cramps, and some notice no change at all. If you were taking birth control pills before you got pregnant and plan to continue taking them now, your symptoms will probably stay the same (one bonus of birth control pills is that menstrual cramps often hurt less).

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i had my period last month for the 1st time after child birth my baby is 7 months old now. But this month am yet t see it. been going paranoid. scared to be pregnant again (not ready for it now). Hopefully it comes soon. cos i have been going crazy just thinking about it. Thanks
Submitted by awelehot
My periods tended to be the same length, but lighter, after they came back postpartum. I was also wondering if that was normal, but I guess it is.
Submitted by farbrengen770
MY PERIOD ALWAYS LAST FOR FIVE TO SIX DAYS NOW I JUST GOT IT FOR NOT EVEN THREE DAYS IS THIS NORMAL
Submitted by marirod31
My period when it finally came back seemed to be alot worse than it was before , worse cramps and heavier..Not sure if its due to having a child or getting older, but it sucks.
Submitted by mbodonoghue