A postpartum period refers to the first period after pregnancy.
The first period after pregnancy is called the postpartum period. New mothers can find it difficult to cope with their periods after giving birth. Breastfeeding a baby does not result in a rapid onset of periods. Some women get their periods even if they continue to breastfeed their babies. Some women get their period as soon as they give birth to their baby. In such cases, women should not use tampons or menstrual cups.
What to Expect After Giving Birth
Nearly every woman who has had a C-section or vaginal section (C-section), will experience heavy bleeding within two to three weeks. This is called “lochia”, a mixture blood and uterine tissue that the body excretes after pregnancy. This happens because your body shed blood and tissue from your uterus throughout pregnancy. Postpartum periods are often heavier than normal.
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Up to 5 per cent of patients experience uncontrolled bleeding, or postpartum haemorrhage, a condition accompanied by symptoms such as low blood pressure, pale skin, and nausea.
Why don’t breastfeeding women get their periods as fast?
Women don’t get their periods as quickly because of a hormone called ‘Prolactin’, which produces the milk, and also suppresses reproductive hormones. It also suppresses the reproductive hormone which causes women to stop ovulating.
How is the postpartum period different from the regular?
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 now adjusting to menstruation. There might be some cramming that is stronger or less common than usual. When you first get your period, there is a chance that your periods will change. There might be blood clots or irregular periods, severe cramps, blood flow changes, and heavy flow.