When might women expect to get their period back? This will differ for all women and it can be dependent on breastfeeding. The presence of prolactin, which is the hormone responsible for breast milk production, can suppress ovulation. Therefore, for women who exclusively breastfeed, it may be that their period doesn’t return until the baby is off the boob. Women who don’t breastfeed (or who don’t exclusively breastfeed) are more likely to welcome the return of their menstrual cycle between 4-8 weeks following the birth.

The first period after birth can be noticeably heavy (which is normal), so any left over maternity pads will come in handy now!

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