Postpartum Period

It is a common misconception that a woman would get her postpartum period immediately after having a child. You might be surprised to learn that it may take quite some time before a regular period begins again. Here is a little bit of information about the postpartum period, sometimes referred to as postpartum menstruation. This information should help to alleviate any worries that you might have about how your menstruation might happen after the birth of your child.

First of all, it's worth noting that all of us are individuals so we should not expect to go by some magical book that will give us all the times and dates that we need. There are a lot of different factors that will affect whenever the postpartum period takes place in your particular case. For example, it may have a lot to do with whether you are breast-feeding or not. Breast-feeding causes a lot of changes within a woman and if they immediately begin breast-feeding after they deliver a child, it may actually be several months before they see their first postpartum period. If a woman is not breast-feeding a child, she may experience menstruation in anywhere from shortly after giving birth to several months after giving birth.

The reason why breast-feeding may affect the arrival of the postpartum period is because of a hormone that is known as prolactin. Prolactin is something that stops you from ovulating which is really one of the main reasons why women menstruate in the first place, in order to shed the lining of the uterus after we ovulate and it is not fertilized.

Something that you may be happy about is the fact that your menstrual cramps may not be quite as bad whenever you have your menstrual period after delivering a child. Although it is not really known why a postpartum period does not usually cramp up as much as one before you had a child, it is thought that it might have something to do with the stretching of the uterus. This makes sense but it is also possible that it might be from a number of other things that happen whenever a woman has a child. If you're one of the women that ends up not having the menstrual cramping like you did before you got pregnant, consider yourself in a rather fortunate group.

Menstruation is not necessarily something that we enjoy having on a regular basis but it can also be a concern during the postpartum period of time if we don't have menstruation. There is typically nothing that you need to worry about, however, as it can be delayed for several months in some cases. If it does become a concern of yours or if your postpartum period does not happen for quite some time, you may want to discuss the situation with your doctor. He will be able to give you the advice that you need.

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