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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Period MIA

For many women, the first sign of pregnancy is a missed period. I expected my "Pretty Miss Sally" to disappear for the nine months of pregnancy, but I had no idea that my lil monthly friend wouldn't make her return until 19 months later.

In general, most postpartum bodies take a while to recover from the birthing process. Doctors schedule a six–week postpartum check up to see how the old system is running. If breastfeeding, a new mother can count on a few additional months until her body is "normal" again. For most ladies, the nursing period also offers a reprieve from the monthly visitor. I was thrilled to be cramp and tampon free, but I didn't mind getting my period back for one simple reason — it meant my body was mine all mine once again. For those of you who are excited about the prospect be warned, not all mothers are so lucky — some bleed for quite some time.

Mishell Mishell 9 years
"Pretty Miss Sally" ???
milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
I take a progesterone only pill to help eleviate endometriosis pain so I thankfully don't get a period. Periods are pretty painful too because of the endo. I had one right after my son was born and got back on aygestin and I take it every day so no "pretty miss sally" for me. :)
Greggie Greggie 9 years
I got mine back at 6 months with the first, a year for the second, and we'll see with the third. I thought I got it back at like 14 weeks this time, but it turned out to be a kidney infection. The only thing I don't like about not having my period back is that it makes NFP slightly more difficult since you have to assume every hormone rise is an ovulation. So I usually get those for quite a few months before I start actually ovulating again.
jaxon jaxon 9 years
Even with nursing mine came back after 6-8 weeks
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I didn't get my period back until 10 months post partum with baby #1 and not until 14 months with #2. I didn't miss it.
macgirl macgirl 9 years
My body is so out of whack right now. I just want to feel normal again :-(
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 9 years
I hate my period! I was lucky to avoid it for a long time because my two pregnancies were close together, it hadn't come back by the time I got pregnant again when my daughter was 8 months. I was still nursing though. I look forward to skipping it again when it's time for baby #3!!
bessa bessa 9 years
I'm sure this is TMI (which I usually avoid at all costs) but I breastfed exclusively for 5 months (and part-time for a total of 10 months), yet my period started less than 6 weeks postpartum and was quite regular/monthly. I think that's unusual, though. I had a friend who breast-fed and didn't get her period until month 8, post-partum. I think that's more the norm.
meumitsuki meumitsuki 9 years
I nursed for the entire first year, and didn't get my period for a few months after that, and I must say I loved not having to worry about it.
Greggie Greggie 9 years
Actually, breastfeeding women can't count on a few more months. On average, breastfeeding women don't get their period back until later, but it's not a guarantee.
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