During pregnancy, women are free from the monthly menstrual cycle for nine months. And it returns after the delivery of your baby. Menstrual bleeding does not depend on the type of your delivery, whether you have a vaginal delivery or cesarean section delivery, it depends on the breastfeeding and other factors. Following are the aspects on which your menstrual cycles depend, post delivery:
Breastfeeding an important factor to begin menstrual cycles post delivery:
Breastfeeding is an important factor for the restart of your period and also how quickly your hormones will return to normal. Post pregnancy there is drop off in the levels of progesterone, estrogen and human chorionic gonadotropin hormones.
What to expect – menstrual cycles post delivery?
Bloody discharge: About 4-6 weeks after delivery, you can expect to pass some bloody discharge, which is known as lochia. Many women who have C-section deliveries experience very heavy periods at first. This is partly due to the surgical incision during the procedure and the repair of the uterine wall. While your flow may be heavier than normal, it is important to keep a close eye on how heavy it gets.
Changes in the flow, colour and smell: Your period will probably be different in color, odor, regularity and flow. Your periods will return to the way they were before your pregnancy, but until your body heals and your hormones balance out, expect your periods to be unusual than before. Some women experience less pain, lighter and shorter periods after the delivery of their baby.
Cell growth: High levels of progesterone during pregnancy are partly responsible for the easing of menstrual symptoms. The higher levels of progesterone keep estrogen levels in check. Estrogen causes extra uterine cells to grow.
Cycles can get unregulated: It is not uncommon for women to have irregular cycles after pregnancy. Some women’s go straight back to their typical 28-day cycle, while others have a cycle that’s a bit more erratic. A lot of things are at play that can affect regularity. Stress, weight gain, weight loss and thyroid issues can all affect your cycle.