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First Period After Baby: What to Expect

  • Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:54
Post by Jodi Meltzer.

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Ah, the new motherhood. It’s a period of constant overdrive. I can’t remember the last time I slept. Did I re-pack the diaper bag? Where’s the binky?! It’s okay to run out for coffee with a little spit up on my shirt, right? When will I look like I am not six months pregnant? (Okay, that one doesn’t apply to celeb moms who pretty much sneeze and they’re back in their skinny jeans). 

In the midst of newborn chaos, after a nine-plus month reprieve, it’s easy to forget about one of the big questions: When will I get my period again? Then one day your partner gives you the look and finding out the answer suddenly climbs to the top 10 on your to-do list.

“Many women ask me when they can expect their menstrual cycle to return after having a baby,” said Melissa DuBois, RN, BSN, CCE, a nurse with Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in Watertown, Massachusetts. “The truth is there is a wide range of normal and it will be different for every woman, and sometimes, different with each pregnancy.”

Here are some general guidelines, according to DuBois, on what to expect period-wise postpartum.

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