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A lot of my patients want to know when they will get their first period after pregnancy. The timing of the first period can vary significantly among women. Breastfeeding moms tend to start later due to ovulation suppression. Non-nursing moms will likely start their period one to three months after delivery, whereas nursing moms may not get their periods again until after they stop breastfeeding altogether. So there's a wide range of normal for resuming your period, from one month to a year or beyond.
But do remember, even if you're breastfeeding, it is still possible to get pregnant before you even have your first period. So don't rely on breastfeeding as a birth control method.
Also, don't be alarmed if your period comes back heavier or lighter than before your pregnancy. Your cycles may be irregular at first.
Call your doctor if your periods don't become regular within a few months after they start back up again after you've stopped breastfeeding, or if your periods are very heavy, going through one pad or tampon every hour for several hours. She may want to check you for uterine or hormonal issues.
Video production by Paige Bierma.