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12 Surprising Possible Realities Of Your First Postpartum Periods

12 Surprising Possible Realities Of Your First Postpartum Periods

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Not all and the surprises were not always unpleasant in nature but a lot of women had no clue what they experienced was possible. Like, at all. And they believed they had been the only one on earth to experience it. 12 Surprising Possible Realities Of Your Postpartum Periods Be ready for anything. Postpartum menses appear to like surprises. Except for the Buzzfeed style name. It is the time of the month and there was not enough chocolate to get me through writing this and finding a clear yet titillating name also. Also chocolate. Or bacon. Sometimes chips. And wine. The past five days we have been bleeding out our hearts on The Leaky Boob, Beyond Moi, A Girl With A View, and a tiny bit with What Love Tastes Like, opening up and sharing all about periods. Free bleeding information and experiences, debunking myths and being truthful. In that time we have learned a lot. Like a woman having her first stage (known as menarche), there were a few things that surprised us and sometimes we found ourselves overly-grumpy. But we felt like we were in great company and that commiserating was cathartic. As we shared the actions of our uteruses together, we began noticing a pattern. Not entirely regular but consistent enough to graph and make a prediction: Since we have already aired all our period underwear to the world, it is time to lose some of the puzzle such as a uterine lining. This is, our list of astonishing possible realities of your initial postpartum periods. Most girls will be amazed by their first postpartum periods.

*It is important to remember that severe or debilitating pain or extremely heavy bleeding is a sign that something is wrong and might need more than wine and chocolate to tackle. It’s well documented that women are more easily dismissed by medical care providers about their pain and distress when it comes to health issues. If your concerns are brushed off as being normal but you believe something is wrong or your usual life is interrupted, please talk to your medical care provider or find a different one. Be persistent until you find one that will take your concern seriously. Menstruation is a normal biological portion of life for many healthy child-bearing age girls, it is not a pathology that girls just have to deal with on a monthly basis and if it’s interrupting your regular action and lowering your quality of life, something more serious could be happening.
  1. It might take months for Aunt Flo to see once you’ve had a baby, even more than a year and for some it may be two decades. Breastfeeding only makes it more likely your favourite auntie will not be around for some time.
  2. But it’s no guarantee. Because we are talking hormones and Aunt Flo, there is just so much you can forecast. Don’t be unprepared as you could be one of those who gets it back at 6 months postpartum and is like clockwork every month later. Even if you’re breastfeeding and your child never sees another nipple but yours. Yes, even when you’re breastfeeding twins.
    1. It might take a while to actually get going, there might be brown spotting for a couple of days a month for many months while your body is indecisive. Get your period undies prepared.
    2. OR it might return with a vengeance with a gush that will feel like a scene from Game Of Thrones playing at the most inopportune moment. You might wish to have supplies with you at all times just in case.
      1. Basically, there is no guarantee when you are going to begin riding the red tide again when you’ve got a baby.
      2. There is also no guarantee it’ll be exactly the same as what you had before you had your baby. It might be lighter, shorter, and less uncomfortable. It might be heavier, longer and more painful. * Or any combination. Or different each time.
      3. The products that you used before may still be your favorites. However, you may suddenly hate them. Many women find they would like to try something new and do not be surprised if you see disposables as stinky, uncomfortable, and slowly building a mountain of waste which is going to be around when your children are having children. That really is a disgusting thought, your period supplies gradually rotting in a landfill as soon as your grandkids are being born. And as you’re more comfortable with all the bizarre things your body does (childbirth can do this to a person), the notion of washing cloth pads or to place a cup in it does not seem so crazy any more.
        1. If you are breastfeeding, shark week might indicate that your nipples protest someone latching on. Nipple sensitivity AND cramps? So not fair but frequently so real. Happily it usually does not last long and chocolate might help.
        2. Even more annoying, ovulation or periods can lead to a dip in milk supply if you’re breastfeeding. So not only are you annoyed, your hungry baby is too. The majority of the time this indicates a calcium deficiency and nutritional supplements may resolve this problem (see more here) but only after the most sensitive and emotional period when you’ve got a hungry child frustrated in your boob. You know what has calcium? Chocolate.
          1. The same as a woman may experience irregular periods for about a year, postpartum women may find that it takes their cycles a fantastic year to establish a normal pattern. The upside to this is that it’s wholly reasonable to always eat chocolate as you never really understand.
          2. Medical care providers may not have a clue what is going on either. They need to and lots of will but some do not. You might need to educate them.

          However long your postpartum bleeding lasts (lochia, which isn’t a time and you can read more about here), it is not an indicator of what your postpartum periods will be like.

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