periods post delivery are common but should not be taken lightly if persists
even after few months. Here is what first time mothers should know about
During pregnancy you do not get your regular periods.
But post delivery the periods resume, albeit in a different manner for each
woman as each one has her system coping differently with the pregnancy and delivery
stages. After childbirth the menstrual cycle usually do not
commence as it used to be before you got pregnant. There are cases where the
woman experience a significant change in their menstrual flow, where the
periods become either heavier or lighter. So you need to consult your doctor
and allow your body to take time as it steadily gets back into shape.
What is the Bleeding all About Then?
Women, especially first time mothers get confused that
the postpartum bleeding marks the onset of periods. Generally after giving
birth, the bleeding may continue to up to even six weeks. We need to understand the reason behind this occurrence.
Your uterus had extended and stretched in order to accommodate the child. Now
after delivery, it slowly shrinks back to its earlier size and shape. So the
thick uterine lining that was created in order to protect the baby in the womb has
to shed. As a result bleeding takes place. For about four days or a week or so,
the bleeding is very bright red in colour, and by the following week, it turns
pink to brown. After about a couple of weeks, you will find it to be of a light
cream colour, and then a yellowish discharge will take over and continue for
the next four to five weeks.
The onset of periods is usually three to four months
after delivery. There can be some hormonal
imbalance factor working that cause irregular periods at the initial stage and
this needs to be reported to the doctor and clinically treated accordingly. At
first, the periods would be very heavy and irregular. Periods occur due to
ovulation, where the egg is released from the ovary. Now this process can
commence just after 27 days after the delivery, that is, if you are not
absolutely breastfeeding your baby. But if you are nursing
your child, there will be a change in the hormonal constitution that will cause
to suppress the ovulation process. So periods can be stalled by up to six
months with regular breastfeeding.
How Do you Know?
After you have stopped nursing the baby, you will find
that the periods have resumed, at first quite irregular and very heavy. Then
with medication, if necessary, that is sure to be decided by your physician,
you will steadily get back to your normal menstrual
cycle. But if the problem of irregularity and heavy bleeding persists even
after a couple of months, then it ought to be taken seriously.
You need to be very careful and patient with your
body, as it strives back to normalcy. There will be a host of hormonal changes
that will adversely impact at times, but they need to be treated. Besides, you
need to report every minute change you notice postpartum. Remember to abstain
from oral contraceptives when you are breastfeeding. Remember, absent or
irregular periods are signs that the uterine lining and the remainder placenta
has not passed fully, so appropriate measures have to be taken for it.
normal postpartum bleeding? What is the cause of irregular periods in initial
months after delivery? What does absence of or irregular periods indicate? Discuss here.