Tell me about your pp period if you don't mind. When did you get it back? Was it heavier or lighter than previous? Are you on hormones (BCP/ring) or where you on hormones previous to your pregnancy? Do you think that makes a difference? Do you get emotional before/during your period?
For the year before I got pregnant, we were using the diaphragm for BC, after I had been on the pill for years. I always had light, short periods, which I attributed to the pill, but seemed to continue having lighter periods once I was off the pill. I also never got any major cramps, and didn't really have any PMS. Now, I am having periods from hell. At exactly 5 months pp, my period returned, despite the fact that I EBF on demand. And they are like clockwork. I'm having my third period now, and I am losing it. Not only am I having a TON of cramps and nausea and feel generally crappy physically, but I am a mess emotionally. The periods are really heavy, and I'm wondering if that could cause anemia because I'm also exhausted (more so than normal). I've also been eating tons of sugar/snacks, which I'm normally good about. Is this just normal PMS stuff? Since I always had such easy periods, it seems weird to me. I thought after giving birth your periods generally got easier, but mine has done the opposite. Anyone else have this happen? Is there any cause for concern or am I just having PMS and need to suck it up? Is there something about having your cycle while breast feeding that can mess you up, because I'm still breast feeding, pretty much exclusively, although I've started to introduce solids. Any information/opinions would be gratefully appreciated.
Jennie, mama to Wyatt (3/25/09) and Emma (11/22/10)