period after pregnancyIf you’re not breastfeeding, you can expect your period to return about 10 weeks postpartum (some women might not get it until much later, though), and at about 20 weeks if you are, though that, too, ranges wildly. The delayed onset of menstruation for breastfeeding moms is thanks to prolactin, a hormone that encourages milk production and can inhibit ovulation.

Some women might not have a period the entire time they breast-feed. But for others, it might return after a couple of months, whether they’re breast-feeding or not.

Changes In Your Period After Pregnancy
When you do start your period again, chances are the first period after delivery won’t be like your periods before you got pregnant. Your body is once again adjusting to menstruation. You may experience some of the following differences:

1. cramping that might be stronger or lighter than usual
2. small blood clots
3. heavier flow
4. flow that seems to stop and start

As you continue your cycle, these changes will likely decrease.

Your First Period After Childbirth
Whether you delivered your baby vaginally or by cesarean delivery, you can expect some bleeding and vaginal discharge after giving birth. Your body continues to shed the blood and tissue that lined your uterus while you were pregnant.

In the first few weeks, blood might be heavier and in clots. As the weeks go by, this blood gives away to vaginal discharge known as lochia. Lochia is bodily fluid that can appear clear to creamy white in color.

This discharge can continue for about six weeks, which is about the time your period may return if you aren’t breast-feeding. If your discharge had the appearance of lochia, then bleeding returned, this is likely due to your period. It’s not pregnancy-related bleeding.