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Is it normal for my period to change after I’ve had a baby?

Yes, and many women notice this.

After giving birth and experiencing true labor contractions, “cramping” may have taken on a whole new meaning to you! And when it comes to your periods after having a baby, interestingly many women say that their periods seem less crampy after having been pregnant. Your first few periods after you give birth may be very different for you—longer or shorter, more or less regular—and it can depend on whether or not you are nursing. Slowly over time they should get back to a regular pattern, but it can be normal for them to be a little different than before you had a baby. If you are consistently bleeding for more than seven days or your periods have become very irregular or painful, be sure to check in with your doctor or midwife.

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, December 2018

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