When do menstruations start after childbirth?
The birth of a child is undoubtedly a joyous event. But it is also a big stress and burden for the woman’s body. During pregnancy, childbirth and after them, the most complex hormonal changes, changes, and recovery (after childbirth) occur. Ignorance of the features of these changes, their manifestations, may scare future moms, so it’s best to prepare in advance, only then you will know if these or other changes are the norm, or you should caution yourself and visit a doctor. Today we will talk about changes in the reproductive system and in the woman’s body as a whole, occurring during pregnancy and after it. The greatest attention will be paid to the restorative process after childbirth, namely, let's talk when menstruation begins after birth.
Pregnancy related changes
So let's start in order. Before you became pregnant, every month, with a certain cyclical nature, you were “visited” by periods. The rejection of the functional layer of the endometrium is accompanied by the release of blood.The menstrual cycle are, laid down by nature, changes in the woman's body, aimed at the possibility of conception.
Here comes the long-awaited period. You are pregnant. What happens to your body? The corpus luteum - a temporary endocrine gland in a woman's body - is formed during the period of ovulation. Its main function is the production of sex hormones - progesterone and estrogen. That same progesterone is called a hormone of pregnancy, which creates favorable conditions for its occurrence. This also prevents the onset of menstruation, when pregnancy did come.
The absence of periods normally accompanies the entire period of pregnancy. But when after childbirth begin period? Immediately after giving birth? Or not? What determines the restoration of the menstrual cycle after the birth process?
Recovery of the body after childbirth
The mechanism of physiological recovery of the body after childbirth is purely individual. This process depends on various factors. Among other things, women are primarily interested in when they begin menstruation after birth.
Lack of monthly: reason
So, from which this process primarily depends, initially, that is, from nature. And it depends on the method of feeding the child. Yes, not because the woman bore herself or it was a cesarean section, not because of the difficulty of passing the birth, etc.
Whether you are breastfeeding or not, how much you feed, how often - this is the main criterion determining the onset of menstruation after birth.
The fact is that milk production occurs if you attach a child. And activates the production of milk in the body of a woman the same hormone prolactin, which prevents the onset of ovulation due to the suppression of ovarian hormones. This explains the absence of menstruation.
And it is believed that menstruation is resumed after the cessation of regular breastfeeding.
However, a woman is not always able to breastfeed. Sometimes completely, sometimes breastfeeding is complemented by complementary foods. Logic: breastfeeding becomes less common (or not), prolactin, which promotes milk production, is not in demand by the body, which means the body switches to menstruation recovery mode, prolactin does not suppress the production of ovarian hormones.
That is, the lack of natural feeding leads to the fact that in the coming months (from 1 to 4) the monthly periods will resume.
Mixed feeding (breast plus complementary foods) - periods can also come in 3-4 months.
The cycle after birth: what you need to know
Some mummies are deceived by bleeding from the first day after birth. They call them Lochia. After delivery, the placenta is separated from the uterus, a wound is formed on the uterus. She then bleeds. Normally, these discharges last 6-8 weeks. At first, they can be quite abundant than they resemble menstruation. Gradually, the nature of lohii changes, they become more scarce, moving to white-yellow discharge.
Monthly after childbirth often change their character. May become less painful, less abundant. Although again, this is individual. This also applies to when menstruation begins after birth.
If there are any changes causing your concern, contact your gynecologist.
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