First Period After Pregnancy: What to Expect

First Period After Pregnancy: What to Expect

postpartum Jul 05, 2024

Pregnancy and childbirth are incredible experiences that bring about numerous physical and emotional changes. One of the most significant transitions after giving birth is the return of your menstrual cycle, commonly known as the "first period after pregnancy." This can be an exciting yet confusing time, as your body readjusts to its pre-pregnancy state.

In this blog post, we'll explore what you can expect with your first period after pregnancy, providing you with the knowledge and reassurance you need to navigate this transitional phase.

Timing Can Be Unpredictable

The timing of your first period after pregnancy can vary greatly from woman to woman. For some, it may return within a few weeks postpartum, while for others, it may take several months. If you're breastfeeding exclusively, your period is likely to be delayed due to the hormonal changes associated with lactation - however, this isn't always the case. With my first son, my period returned at 14 months postpartum. With my second son, it returned at 9 months postpartum. Each postpartum experience will likely be different. 

Heavier or Lighter Flows

When your period finally makes its comeback, you may notice that it's heavier or lighter than your pre-pregnancy periods. This is perfectly normal as your body adjusts to the hormonal shifts and the shedding of the uterine lining that builds up during pregnancy.

Cramping and Discomfort

As your body readjusts to its menstrual cycle, you may experience more intense cramping and discomfort than you did before pregnancy. This is because your uterus has undergone significant changes and may need time to return to its pre-pregnancy state. If the cramping is intense, don't be afraid to try a heating pad, warm shower or bath or even pain medications like ibuprofen. 

Irregular Cycles

It's not uncommon for your menstrual cycles to be irregular for the first few months after giving birth. Your body is still recovering and rebalancing its hormonal levels, which can lead to irregularities in the timing and flow of your periods.

Remember, every woman's postpartum experience is unique, and it's essential to be patient and gentle with yourself during this transition. If you have any concerns or experience excessive bleeding or pain, don't hesitate to consult your healthcare provider.

Navigating the return of your period after pregnancy can be confusing, but you don't have to go through it alone. Join The Postpartum Shift  and access personalized support, meal plans, and resources to help you feel like yourself again while prioritizing your postpartum recovery and breastfeeding goals.

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Hey mama,

I'm Brooke Miller,

Before becoming a mom, I chronically dieted & thought "eat less, move more" was the healthiest option. I dealt with exhaustion, mood swings, hormone imbalances (not getting a regular cycle), high cholesterol and weight cycling. I felt like something was wrong with me.

Before I got pregnant with my first son, I discovered the balanced nutrition approach I teach inside The Postpartum Shift. Once I implemented the framework, I was energized, gained strength, got my period back, lowered my cholesterol & maintained my healthiest weight. I continued this during my pregnancies & postpartum periods and recovered quickly after birth, made more than enough milk for my babies, had energy (even with the sleep deprivation) & stable mood. Postpartum was really enjoyable.

With a decade of experience as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor, I created The Postpartum Shift to help moms boost energy, mood, metabolism & milk supply to have a stress-free & enjoyable postpartum experience.



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