The 9-months waiting period is over. You breathe a sigh of relief and can’t wait to enter into the labor room and finally hold your bundle of joy in your arms. You can visualize that very moment and the thought of it gives you immense happiness. It was, in every aspect, a pretty much issue free pregnancy. Everything went according to plan, and something you totally forgot about, are the monthly menstrual cycles that were a constant feature before you got pregnant.
And now, after a successful pregnancy, you notice that your menses are irregular. You spend sleepless nights wondering why this is the case. Is it normal or should there be cause for alarm? What brings about this scenario? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This post endeavors to enlighten you on why some women experience irregular periods after pregnancy. But before that, a little background.
The regular menstrual cycle that a woman experiences, stops during pregnancy. Generally, women are aware of the characteristics attached to their menstrual cycles. These features may be the periodicity, the duration, the flow, just to mention but a few. After delivery, these characteristics may begin to vary and might not be the same as before. There could be variations in duration, periodicity, or the flow of blood.
It is imperative to note that the time after which a lady who has delivered a baby starts to experience her periods again varies from one woman to another. Bleeding may occur up to about 6 weeks after delivery. However, for women who do not take to breastfeeding, this period may be relatively shorter. Such women may get their period anywhere between 7 to 9 weeks. This begs the question: What is the primary cause of your periods being irregular after pregnancy?
There are a lot of hormonal variations or imbalances that occur post pregnancy. These hormonal variations may be specific after the first few months post childbirth. The periods, other than being irregular, are usually a little heavier in the first few months post childbirth.
While this can make you uneasy or make you worry on end, you need not be alarmed. These are all normal. However, if this abnormality in periods persists for more than 3 to 4 months, or if the periods do not resume several months after the birth of your baby especially if you are not breast feeding, it is time to seek for medical help.
Your pregnancy, as well as childbirth, result in a lot of hormonal changes in your body. As a result, your body takes some time to get back to normal. If you notice clots, or sudden heavy bleeding a few weeks after delivering, it might be that the uterine lining and the placenta may not have been discharged as they should have. Consequently, it could also be that a uterine infection is present.
An incidence of passing blood clots, or bleeding that saturates your pad in an hour must be reported immediately to your doctor. Conception, pregnancy, delivery, and breast feeding, all cause hormonal changes in your body.
To sum it up, childbirth is something that changes your life permanently. It brings about changes in your body that are irrevocable. Irregular periods after pregnancy shouldn’t be a cause for alarm as it’s as a result of these changes. Not getting your periods during breastfeeding is nature’s way of letting your body recuperate from childbirth and allowing your newborn get their fair share of attention from you. However, if this persists beyond the normal, kindly seek medical help!