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First Period After C Section: When It Will Return & How Will The Flow Be

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Pregnancy is the time when women are free of their monthly menstrual cycle, for as long as nine months and more. But it surely returns after delivery. Whether you have a C-section or vaginal delivery does not have an effect on the restart of your period. It depends on breastfeeding and other factors. Momjunction helps you understand the return of your periods after cesarean delivery.

When Does Your First Period After C-Section Return?

The return of your period depends on breastfeeding and how soon your hormones return to normal. The levels of estrogen, progesterone and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormones drop post pregnancy, say Gordon Edlin and Eric Golanty in the book ‘Health And Wellness’.

However, the level of hormone prolactin does not drop if you breastfeed. So, it suppresses the reproductive hormones, and you cannot ovulate or produce an egg for fertilization. This means that you do not menstruate.

Read also: C-SECTION DELIVERIES – HOW THEY AFFECT THE NEWBORNS

  • If you are exclusively breastfeeding, the prolactin levels go high, preventing ovulation for at least six months, according to the book Maternal Child Nursing Care.
  • If not breastfeeding, you will get your first period after six to eight weeks after delivery.

Points To Remember:

  • You might not get periods until you stop breastfeeding. But in some women, it could return in a couple of months.
  • Also, the less often your little one nurses, the sooner you will get your periods. If your baby sleeps through the night without breastfeeding from an early age or if you supplement her with formula-feed, you may get your periods sooner than six months.
  • Breastfeeding may not be a birth control method as there is no guarantee that you will not ovulate. So, if you do not take any birth control pills, you may become pregnant even before you get your first period. Do not have a wrong notion that you are not fertile when breastfeeding.

Read also: CARE AFTER A C-SECTION: HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR INCISION?

What Factors Affect Menstruation After Delivery?

The hormonal changes that take place in the body after delivery will have a significant effect on the first few periods. It depends on the:

  • Health issues you had before pregnancy
  • Changing hormonal levels
  • Irregular menstruation before your pregnancy

There are a few other factors which affect your first period. They are:

Read also: VAGINAL BIRTH VS. C-SECTION: PROS & CONS

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  • Stress
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Exhaustion
  • Thyroid disorder
  • Irregular physical activity

Remember that c-section does not affect the start of your first period but it does change the way you bleed.


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