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Periods after Pregnancy: Your first period

Introduction

Pregnancy is obviously known to be such a beautiful experience, not necessarily easy but beautiful for sure because the product is a human life. Apart from all these amazing emotions of becoming a mother and bearing life inside of you, there’s one thing which makes pregnancy an even better time, the absence of periods! That’s right, the one phenomenon that bothers women for majority of their life, completely vanishes for 9 months. But what happens when the baby is born and our body is now preparing to go back to its normal cycle? Periods after pregnancy, a discussion that needs to happen more.

Periods after pregnancy

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Breastfeeding/ Nursing and periods

What connection does breastfeeding have with periods? Does it affect when and how your get your periods post-partum? The answer is yes. Breastfeeding closely affects when you get your periods as Prolactin, the hormone required to produce breast milk, suppresses reproductive hormones. Consequently, there’s lesser chances of ovulation and therefore lesser chances of periods. Breastfeeding women usually don’t get their periods for months but if and when they do, it does intervene with the process of breastfeeding. On the days of periods, milk secretion might be lower and the taste of the milk may change due to hormones because of which you may see your child fussing slightly more than usual.

If you are not breastfeeding and opting for formula milk then chances are you will get back to menstrual cycle sooner. Like we’ve already mentioned if you are not breastfeeding and still don’t get your periods within 90 days of child birth then do visit your medical health expert, there might be a secondary problem there.

Food and Lifestyle

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The female body is pretty fragile post pregnancy and hence what you eat is very important to bring it back to its original strength and give it the ability to deal with menstruation. Opt for protein rich balanced diet. Be sure to include fruits, vegetables, dairy, lean meats, fish, poultry etc. Try and avoid caffeine, alcohol and junk food. 

As for lifestyle it may be helpful to start including light exercises, yoga etc into your regime to kick start the weight loss process to help return to your pre-pregnancy body. It also helps in strengthening the muscles back and helps in inducing better sleep, which most new mothers lack. Breathing exercises may also help in relaxing and contracting the muscles which usually expand during pregnancy in order to make room for the growing baby. Having said this, remember that one must feel no pressure to lost post pregnancy weight. It is a beautiful and taxing process and little bit of weight is the sign of success. You brought a life into this world and you should be proud of yourself for doing that.

Conclusion

Periods after pregnancy is just way of your body to say that it is ready to back to normalcy and hence it is nothing to worry about. You’ve done this before; you can do it again. Change is the only constant, especially with the human body, so embrace that change and do what you can to ease yourself into it.

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