The postpartum period is a phase of a woman’s life where major changes occur in her body. After 9 months in which your body has adapted to the existence of another being within itself, with all the physical and hormonal changes that this entails, the birth of the baby marks the beginning of the body’s adaptation to its normal condition.
However, these changes do not occur from one day to the next, having a duration and intensity that varies from woman to woman. It is therefore natural that post-pregnancy menstruation does not appear as early as postpartum.
Contrary to what most women think, vaginal bleeding that occurs in the first two months is not menstruation.
Learn more about postpartum vaginal bleeding, and also when menstrual bleeding occurs after pregnancy.
Postpartum vaginal bleeding
Hemorrhage that occurs during the first few days after delivery (between 45 and 56 days) is usually quite abundant, initially having a bright red color. Later, this blood begins to turn a darker color, eventually disappearing. This hemorrhage results from the outflow of blood that covered the placenta and uterus during pregnancy.
First menstrual period after pregnancy
After pregnancy, as we mentioned earlier, menstruation does not appear soon. Before, postpartum haemorrhage occurs. From the time this bleeding ends, the time of the first menstrual period after pregnancy depends on woman and breastfeeding.
Usually menstruation only appears when the woman stops breastfeeding her child. Normally, during this phase the woman does not have fertile period, therefore does not release eggs.
That way, there can be no place for the new pregnancy. However, this does not happen in 100% of the cases, so if you do not want to get pregnant, you should take the necessary precautions. A woman who exclusively breastfeeds her son and who takes the contraceptive pill for continuous use will only have the first menstrual period after pregnancy about 7 to 8 months after giving birth.
Small hemorrhages may occur sporadically, but they are not considered menstruation.
If you can not breastfeed, or do not do it exclusively (bottle feeding is required), the first menstrual period after pregnancy will occur sooner, usually 3 to 4 months after delivery. Initially, menstruation is irregular, with a longer duration than normal.
However, their regularization will occur naturally, without the need for any treatments.
The return of menstruation to the normal rhythm only occurs when the woman stops breastfeeding, and returns to use her usual pill before pregnancy.