When will my period return after having a baby? Postpartum Recovery

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After going without your period for nine months, you may love the thought of keeping it at bay! But at the same time, you could be craving routine and feel as if getting back to your regular cycle is part of feeling like yourself again. Here's what an ob-gyn says you can expect with getting your first period postpartum, and moms share their own experiences too.

It Depends on Whether or Not You're Nursing

"The time at which your period returns is really dependent on whether you are breastfeeding or not. For new moms who are not breastfeeding, your period typically returns in six to eight weeks. If you are exclusively breastfeeding, your period will likely resume about one month after you stop weaning." -- Juliet Mushi, MD, FACOG, obstetrician-gynecologist at Westchester Medical Center, the flagship of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, Valhalla, New York

Around One Month Postpartum

"In my experience, your period can return around one month postpartum. However, if you’re breastfeeding or pumping, I hear it most likely won’t return until baby has weaned."

Every Mom Is Different

"My period didn’t return until around seven months after the baby was born. This was because I️ was breastfeeding, but some people get theirs much sooner, some later. Everyone's hormones are different."

It May Be Quickly If You Bottle-Feed

"I got my first period about four weeks after my postpartum bleeding stopped. I didn't breastfeed, so my period came back quickly and was super regular from then on. The only difference I noticed is that it was much heavier for about the first year postpartum -- not unbearable, but I definitely had to switch to super tampons. My doctor mentioned birth control and even some IUDs can help with this."

It Could Be Months (or Years) If You Breastfeed

"I didn't get my period for over two years after having the baby, because I breastfed. I've heard that some women get it once the baby's older and they breastfeed less often or the baby starts solids. But even when we slowed down, I was period-less. (That was awesome!) After I stopped nursing completely, I think it took a month or so before my body adjusted and I got it again. My period is pretty much the same as before but I swear I get worse PMS. I don't know if it's because my hormones changed or because I'm more sleep-deprived and stress than I was before!"

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