The timing of your period often depends on whether you breastfeed or not. Likewise, you may find that your periods are different after pregnancy, just like your life after your baby. When you are not breastfeeding after giving birth, you will usually not receive a period of six to eight weeks. When your period returns, it will vary depending on whether you breastfeed. If you breastfeed exclusively, you might not experience any periods during that time. Breastfeeding exclusively means that your baby only receives milk from you. Other women may have it return after a couple of months, regardless of whether they are breastfeeding.
A doctor may recommend that you avoid tampon use during your first menstruation after giving birth if your period returns immediately after birth and you have had a vaginal delivery.
During your first postpartum period, what can you expect?
It is normal to experience bleeding and vaginal discharge after giving birth, regardless of whether it was vaginal or cesarean. During pregnancy, your blood flowed into your uterus and tissue-lined it.
You might feel heavier and find your blood clots in the first few weeks. A vaginal discharge called lochia is formed and can appear clear, creamy white, or red.
If you aren’t breastfeeding, your period will most likely return about six weeks after this discharge starts. It is likely that your period started with lochia discharge, ceased for a while, and then returned. You can tell if you’re bleeding for a period or if you’re pregnant by looking at these symptoms:
Lochia usually doesn’t turn bright red after the first week of pregnancy. It can be lighter and watery. Your period is most likely to occur six weeks or more after delivery if bright red bleeding occurs.
Exercise and activity can increase pregnancy-related bleeding. When you exercise and rest, your discharge increases, making it Lochia.
A distinctive odor is also associated with Lochia. As it’s mixed with leftover pregnancy tissue, Lochia may have a “sweet” smell. Tell your doctor if it smells bad. After giving birth, your cycle may need some time to regulate. Your first period might come earlier than you expected if you skip a cycle.
During your first year after delivering a baby, your periods may be shorter or longer, and the space between them may vary. Breastfeeding makes this even more possible.
A typical postpartum cycle lasts from 21 to 35 days, with bleeding lasting two to seven days. You may experience different cycles after giving birth.
How can you recognize postpartum symptoms?
You must immediately report to your doctor when you see these signs.
-Every hour, you soak through more than one pad
-Sudden and severe bleeding accompanied by pain
-Fever that appears suddenly
-Over seven days of continuous bleeding
-Blood clots larger than a softball
If these symptoms or anything else concerning your period concern you, see your doctor. They may be signs of infection.
What is progesterone?
The female reproductive system secretes progesterone. It is responsible for controlling the condition of the endometrium (internal lining) of the uterus. This hormone is produced by the adrenal glands, placenta and ovaries. Synthetic hormones with a similar effect to progesterone can be called ‘progestins. The corpus luteum, which is located in the ovary, secretes progesterone during the second half the menstrual cycle. It is important in maintaining pregnancy in the early stages and the menstrual cycle.
Progesterone after ovulation
Ovulation occurs when an egg is released by an ovary. The luteal phase begins as soon as the egg is released. Unless pregnancy occurs, the luteal phase ends with the menstrual period.
The earliest part, or luteal phase, of pregnancy is not likely to cause any symptoms in most women. Because pregnancy doesn’t occur until the fertilized eggs are implanted into the wall, the uterus will not become pregnant.
The body makes more progesterone hormones during the luteal stage to support early pregnancy. Even if a woman is not pregnant, the progesterone levels peak between 6 and 8 days after ovulation.
The hormone progesterone can have an impact on a woman’s mood, body and health. This means that they might experience similar symptoms after a week to those experienced before their period.
The implantation occurs when a fertilized egg enters the uterus. This is called implantation. It marks the start of pregnancy. Implantation usually takes between 6 and 12 days after fertilization. These are the times when women might begin to feel pregnancy symptoms. Breast tenderness, bloating and food cravings, headaches and muscle aches as well as increased nipple sensibility. These symptoms can also occur in women who aren’t pregnant. These symptoms can be caused by the higher levels of progesterone in the last stages.
Progesterone hormones are a key part of our reproductive system. Their main function is to stimulate the endometrium’s secretion of special proteins in the second half the menstrual cycle. This allows it to nourish and receive a fertilized egg. If implantation fails, estrogen and progesterone levels fall, and the endometrium is unable to produce new eggs.
Progesterone is produced in the placenta if pregnancy occurs. These levels are elevated throughout pregnancy. Combining high levels of estrogen and progesterone can suppress further ovulation in pregnancy. The growth of breast milk-producing glands during pregnancy is also encouraged by progesterone. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms such as breast tenderness and feeling bloated are thought to be caused by high progesterone levels. It could be due to low progesterone levels and failure to ovulate.
It is only one part of getting back into a pre-pregnancy state of health and recovering from pregnancy. Breastfeeding may result in a delay of menstruation in some women. Contraception by breastfeeding isn’t always effective. Additional protection can be provided by oral contraception or condoms. If your first period after pregnancy seems abnormal, consult your doctor. For a new parent, excessive bleeding or infection is especially concerning.