Pregnancy is full of surprises and so is Postpartum. While it definitely is not your first time, every new mom is sure to have a whole lot of doubts about her first post-baby Period. Will the flow be heavy? Will it be regular? Will I bleed for more days?
There are a hundred things that run in every woman’s mind when she bleeds down there after having a baby. Want to know what to expect? Here’s what you need to brace yourselves for when you finally bleed down there after delivery.
1. It will be a welcome relief
Amidst all the pregnancy symptoms, childbirth stress and the hormonal roller coasters, your period will be a welcome relief when you finally get it. It is also an indication that your body is returning to normalcy and that you can finally fit into your pre-pregnancy clothes now! So smile.
2. Clotting is normal
You are getting your period after a good nine months, so expect a heavy flow and even some clotting. However, there is nothing to get alarmed and this will settle once your period regularises. But, if you do experience heavy bleeding or clotting for more than a week, consult your doctor.
3. You can get pregnant before your postpartum period
Yes, this is true. Although the chances are slim, research reveals that you can get pregnant before your first period arrives. So don’t forget your contraception while you are at it. And in case you are breastfeeding, use an estrogen-free pill.
4. Your cycle might alter
Your body is returning to normalcy after a good 10-12 months. So it definitely is going to take time to get back to its own rhythm. So be patient. Since you might already be stressed out with postpartum, buying good period undergarments might be a good ploy.
5. Avoid tampons
Your vagina is still healing from labour and delivery and inserting a foreign material into your lady part might not be a great idea. Also, with a heavy flow and clotting, it is always advisable you stick to good old pads.
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