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#1 of 6 Old 10-15-2002, 01:10 AM - Thread Starter
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My af came back right away...I'm not sure why...I was/am bfing every 2 hours or less.

This is a little graphic.....but I have to ask.....
Beside the point. Mine are really really heavy and last 7 days or more. Plus there are lots of lots. Yesterday I had some the size of halfdollars. They just drip everywhere...even past a tampon. Is that normal? The first one was like that..the second and third not as bad but the 4th is horrible!!!

They used to be 2 or 3 days and light

What was yours like? Should I call my obgyn and ask. I no longer have insurance...and dh and I are both unemployed so we have no money to pay for a visit....I'm looking for advice on what this could be!!

Thanks ladies!!!

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I have no post-partum experience, but I wanted to suggest the Keeper menstrual cup to minimize clot problems. It discourages clot formation in the first place and catches them when they do happen. Also, when used to replace tampons, it generally will make your period last a shorter time, because it creates a (very mild) suction instead of blocking the flow. It's great for heavy flow because it holds a LOT. Check it out!

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Mine came back right away, too, despite exclusively breastfeeding. Some of us are just lucky I guess. :

My first 3-4 periods post-partum were very heavy and included lots of cramps. Yes, they even lasted longer than one week. I think they are slowly regulating again.

Is your son bf-ing any more/less than usual due to a growth spurt? I've often wondered if this would affect the menstrual cycle.
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Mine returned right away and was lighter at first, and normal by the third or fourth or so. Is there a white dove clinic near you? Do they even have them anymore? Maybe since the drive to get insurance for everyone they got rid of the volunteer clinics. In your state do they provide insurance for mothers and babies.
I am sorry I could not be more help, but it doesn't sound good to me and I wish you could get some care.
I am still not able to use tampons though.
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Mine didn't come back right away... somewhere around eight months or so (of course, I had lovely PP bleeding for over 3 months : ).

Anyway, I seem to recall the very first being rather light, short and pain free. I am quite certain that it was NOT preceded by ovulation. The next was so heavy and so drawn out I was starting to get a little scared for the loss of blood. Each after has been slightly less heavy and the last one (marking one year of return), was on a par with what I used to experience before pg... nice however, that the cramps are still minimal which is definitely NOT what I used to have before getting pg--a nice plus and I hope they never come back!

I got some advice on the matter as well and was reassured that this is a common experience among woman pp. That each subsequent has become less heavy has been a relief as well--I was starting to gather and save all the feminine protection coupons I could lay my hands on!


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Megan, I can't really help you with your problem with the clots and all, although it sounds a bit unusual. But I wanted to give you a couple of suggestions of where to go for care if you decide you need it. Your county should have some sort of health dept. Ours in AR is not like a free clinic where you can go for anything, but they care for pregnancy and vaccinate. I would think that your condition would qualify as preg-related, and you'd qualify since you're not making $$. Anyway, another GREAT resource is Certified Nurse Midwives--RNs with extra training in preg, etc. They are much cheaper and also are just so understanding. Check it out. You can go to www.midwife.org and search for one near you. Another option is I can ask my aunt who is a nurse and teaches about preg, etc. At least to ask if it's something to be concerned about. Or you could call the nurse at the doctor's office you went to for prenatals. She could tell you if it's a concern. I know that people usually want to help if they can. Another option! Good luck.

PS What does "af" stand for? I feel like a dope, but I can't figure it out!
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