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When will my period return after giving birth?

If you aren’t breastfeeding, usually your period will return around 6-8 weeks postpartum, although sometimes it can be sooner.

One of the great benefits of pregnancy is that you get to skip your period for about 40 weeks! But yes, it will return. If you aren’t breastfeeding, your periods will usually start up again by eight weeks postpartum, though they can start as soon as four weeks after you deliver. This means that effective birth control is essential if you don’t want to become pregnant right away. If you are breastfeeding, your periods may not return for months (or years, depending on your body and how frequently you nurse). This is perfectly healthy and normal, since the hormones that help with breastfeeding can suppress ovulation. In fact, it’s considered one of the perks of breastfeeding by many moms!

Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, December 2018

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  1. Hi im evelyn my period return this month and only 2days..my baby is only 3months and haft..and im pure breastfeeding..why my period returns early..i heard im faster for pregnant..i was worrid about it..thanks

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    1. Hi there, it can vary for every woman so I’d track your cycles (they may fully come back or not) and just make sure you are using birth control just in case!

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  2. I got mine when the baby was 20 months old… still nursing day and night! What an awesome break that was! I might just want to get pregnant again just to get another break! (JUST KIDDING – we already have four kids!)

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    1. I know what you mean!

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  3. I now have an eight-month old and still haven’t had a period. She has been exclusively breastfeed until we introduced solids at 6 months. Should I be worried that I haven’t had a period (other than the birth control issue)?

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    1. Nope – totally normal! Some women don’t get their period for 12 mths or more when nursing, so I would enjoy it while it
      lasts 🙂

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      1. Do the chances of it returning depend on whether your baby is EBF? Wondering if as my baby starts eating more solids and I am nursing less, my chances for menstruation and pregnancy rise?

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        1. Yes for sure – once you start nursing less, the level of your hormones that keep your period at bay will change, and you may get your period again. Some women get their period once solids are introduced and the frequency of nursing is less, while others won’t get it until they wean completely – it just varies woman to woman. Here’s an article that touches on it a bit: http://www.bundoo.com/qotd/birth-control-while-breastfeeding/

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