First Postpartum Period Question

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HeatherIsHopeful - August 19

soo, I just started my period today!!! does anyone know how long this i supposed to last?? or if it means Im ovulating?? My husband is getting back from Iraq soon and I really dont want to be on my period when he gets home LOL.

 

DDT - August 19

It depends on the individual woman. You may bleed heavily for a few days, or you may spot on and off for weeks. Are you on the mini-pill? I know after ds1 when I was on it I spotted for weeks until I stopped taking it. I only got my first real period 4 months pp.

 

HeatherIsHopeful - August 19

im not on anything and Im bottle feeding. before I got pregnant I have very regular periods that lasted about 5 days at a time. I just dont want to bleed for three weeks and be on my period when my hubby gets home... I also wanna know if it means Im ovulating... is it possible to have a period and not be ovulating?

 

DDT - August 19

I also bottle-fed my ds1 after 5 weeks and my period was never ever consistent until I fell pregnant again at 7 months pp (I only got my real period 1 time). It is hard to say how long you are going to bleed for. Usually the first pp period is heavy so if you are bleeding lightly it may take a longer time than if you were bleeding heavily. I know this is gross to some but even my hubby isn't detered by my period (if it is light)...I know your hubby has been gone a long while maybe he will be willing to overlook your bleeding if you are. But I am sure you won't be bleeding for more than 7-10 days at the most.

 

DDT - August 19

Are you wondering about ovulation because you don't want to use a condom? This is what I found on the web: "The quick answer is, “ Yes, sort of," but the more biologically correct answer is that you can fail to ovulate, but still have anovulatory bleeding. Technically speaking, a period is the bleeding that occurs about 12 to 16 days after the release of an egg. If no egg is released, it is not really a period that follows, but anovulatory bleeding. There is a huge difference between cycles in which the woman ovulates but does not get her period, and one in which she gets her period but does not ovulate. What is that difference? In the former case, the woman is almost certainly pregnant. In the latter case, she has had an anovulatory cycle. In anovulatory cycles, non-charting women may a__sume they are menstruating normally, so why would they continue to experience bleeding if ovulation has not occurred? Such bleeding results when estrogen production continues to develop the uterine lining without reaching the threshold necessary to trigger ovulation. In such a case, one of two things may happen, which leads to what appears to be a menstrual period. Either the estrogen will build up slowly to a point below the threshold and then drop, resulting in "estrogen withdrawal bleeding," or more commonly, the endometrium builds up slowly over an extended period of time, eventually to the point where the resulting uterine lining is so thickened it can no longer sustain itself. This is known as "estrogen breakthrough bleeding." In either case, if you weren't charting, you might think you were simply menstruating, though you would maybe notice a difference in the type of bleeding. Specifically the flow can be either unusually heavy or light and of course, the timing can result in cycle lengths all over the map (or the chart)."

 

HeatherIsHopeful - August 19

I figured as much about the period thing... I guess I'll just have to wait and see. oh, and I was just curious about the ovulation thing lol.

 

amanda17 - August 19

I started my period last week Heather, it was horrible! It lasted almost 8 days and was very heavy, starting and stopping. It will most likely be irregular so I dunno if you can really predict when you'll have it (let's hope it doesn't come when your hubby gets back) Anywho yeah it means you'll start ovulating again, actually you probably ovulated like two weeks ago haha.

 

HeatherIsHopeful - August 21

lol thanks amanda, I figure it'll last awhile but I really hope it doesn't last 3 weeks!! I think I remember reading somewhere that you can tell you are ovulation because when you ovulate you have more discharge and a couple weeks ago I had discharge like I did when I was pregnant lol and I was like "ahh c___p my period is gonna come soon" and sure enough it did...

 

amanda17 - August 21

*nods* It'll probably only last about a week but look out for ovulation signs like that for when your hubby gets home... a__suming you don't want to get pregnant again so soon :P

 

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