My DS is 18 mos and still breastfeeding during the day (sleeps through the night). I still haven't had my first period postpartum and tonight I started having really sharp pains in my abdomen. In all my years prior to conception I had light periods (or no periods) and never really suffered from PMS. I do have stomach issues, but the cramping is too low and I can tell it's not digestion related.
I've heard that the first ppp can be really painful and there can be a lot of bleeding. I was hoping to get the perspective of other mothers who have delayed onset because of extended breastfeeding. Did you know beforehand that it was coming? I know it seems silly, but I feel like this might be a warning siren for the impending flood... ugh. I'd love to know about your experience, and whether your ppp started after a decrease in nursing?
The strange thing is that the last week or two my son's nursing has increased. He asks to nurse ALL THE TIME whenever I sit down (even if we're not at home). I noticed that my milk supply has increased, my energy decreased and it throws my fluid levels/digestion off... Just an observation.
Any experience or stories would be appreciated!
I got my first PP period at 13 months--almost exactly 4 weeks after I reduced pumping from 2x per day to 1x per day at work. I guess my body has a magic clock that said "six hours without nursing! woohoo! ovulate!"
I had a major supply decrease about 10 days prior to menstruating. I was on vacation at the time (at the beach) and I thought I must be super-dehydrated, because my son wanted to nurse every hour at night and kept crying for milk.
I didn't have any major pain and it was a pretty normal period, though.
Wow, sounds like your body was just ready and waiting :) I've been going 10+ hours at night for awhile, but it hasn't seemed to work for me. Not that I'm excited about getting my period again, but it seems like a good milestone and maybe help to get my body back to normal. No more painful cramps today and no period, so who knows...
Thanks for replying!
I got my first AF 14.5 months pp. I totally thought I was pregnant. My milk supply went down, DS was nursing constantly, I was nauseous. I actually started dry heaving in the car one day! But then AF showed up.
Hi...I had to partially night-wean my DD when she was a little over 22 months old in hopes to get my first PP back (I would like to start TTC soon for Baby#2). Before it came back I had weeks of on and off cramping and also some really bad PMS symptoms. I felt really strange and was extremely moody, emotional, tired and crampy. At one point I felt like someone overtook my body....I did not feel myself at all. I thought the PP was going to be awful based on the severity of these symptoms. I got my first PP when DD was almost exactly 23.5 months old and it was not bad at all. The cramping and bleeding were both more mild than I expected. My DD's nursing has increased since then so I'm not sure what is going to happen this month (She just turned 2 yesterday) but I felt really relieved to finally get that first PP! I guess I have to start charting to figure out exactly what is going on! Hope this info is helpful!
Nikki (mama to DD 11/09 )
I got mine back at 9 months postpartum despite ecological breastfeeding and nursing through the night. Actually I had the pre-AF cramping for months before I had a real period. And then a supply dip right before. I bled about normal but the cramps were pretty bad....
Melissa, momma to Hunter 8 , Julianna 7, Harley 23 months, and breastfeeding, babywearing and bedsharing with my Dylan, born 1/18/2011.
I got my period when my daughter was 13 months. It happened while we were on vacation of course I started getting horrible cramping I would say for about 3 months before I actually got my period. It was stabbing sharp pains. I thought I was pregnant. The funny thing is that I don't get cramps now that AF has returned. Before I used to have my period for 5 days and now its only 4 and way lighter.
DS is 18 mo and I still haven't got mine. I'm glad to see this is in the range of "normal" because I have at times wondered...
BTW you might get more of a response with a poll, if it's numbers you're looking for...although I know you wanted more specific stories. Just an idea.
Mama since 2010
Multicultural living in Europe
My period came back when DD was 29 months old and took a few more months to get back to being regular. I always had very painful periods before getting pregnant. The ones I've had since have been so much easier to deal with (including the first one), it's like night and day.
My dd was nursing every 1 1/2 to 2 hours (she was low birth weight so she was extra hungry) and then once when she was 2 1/2 mths old she slept for 5 hours and then I got my period the next day and I've been getting it every month since. I was so pissed because I had always thought It would be a lot longer before it came back.
I have gotten by ppp at 15 months pp with all my babes. After my third birth, the first ppp was preceded by crazy painful cramps in my back and front. I mean I did not want to move! AF came two weeks after those insane cramps, and was very light in flow for only 3 days.
Blessed mama to four, and expecting a boy in March 2013!!!!
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