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Not too sure where to post this, but I figure if you're in this forum you might have recently had a baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I'm 7 months pp and still breastfeeding on demand. I haven't had a period yet, but this whole week I've been feeling very crampy (like I remember menstrual cramps feeling...although it's been like a year and a half since I've had them!). I keep thinking I must be getting my period any minute, but nothing. How did you feel when you were about to get your period again after having a baby? Were PMS symptoms better or worse?
 

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You might try posting in fertility. What you are describing is pretty typical, it could last a few more days or even on and off for months. Just beware if you are not wanting to have another baby for awhile <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I was breastfeeding on demand with all my babies and my cycles returned when they were 14 months old. My biggest "symptom" was that I suddenly was fantasizing constantly about another baby, whereas just weeks before I wasn't wanting another, maybe ever! My babe is 9 months and for the last few weeks I have had several days on and off of this low crampy feeling. ??<br><br>
In my experience all the pmsigns got more intense. Like I never had had cramps until after my second baby. But ovulation has become easier to detect too- it's like it's all more dramatic and obvious.
 

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With dd my period returned at 19m pp. For me, I had one day of cramps which I mistook for a stomach bug and then it was back. I had issues with my period before I got pregnant (only had 2 periods the year before preg) so it had been a long while for me. I was totally shocked by it, but in retrospect it made sense. Then I noticed a slight dip in my supply around AF time which was fixed by eating a batch of homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I'm so jealous of all the posters who said their period returned at 7, 19, and 14 months postpartum. I'm EBF on demand AND pumping for another baby and I still got my period back at 8 weeks postpartum. Ugh! After 2 regular cycles, my next one was late by 2 weeks. I thought I was pg again at first, but after a test confirmed "no" I just figured that I'd be blessed with being period free for a bit <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. I spend the next week or so feeling really edgy and was starting to think maybe I had a touch of PPD...then my period came! That said, I definitely think that PMS is much worse after being pregnant. My periods have definitely been crampier and heavier than before getting pregnant (sorry if TMI).
 

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My period returned at 9 months after dd was born, and a year after ds was born - both were bf on demand, but ds demanded more frequently<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">. The first couple cycles were crampier than usual, and I did have some cramping leading up to them, as you describe. So I'd say you aren't necessarily about to start menstruating tomorrow, but your body is leading up to it.
 

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yeah, i was crampy off and on like that for about a month before mine happened. i am now on my second PP period, and i've actually noticed that i get really crampy, and i get sore nipples, about 10-12 before AF begins--must be ovulation <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
my O cramps this month were HEINOUS. i thought i had a stomach virus, but i wasn't having any diarrhea or vomiting, so i finally figured out it had to be cycle-related. those O cramps lasted about 1-2 days, along with the sore nipples.<br><br>
my PMS symptoms (which are all around O time, really) are much worse now than i ever noticed. but i have to say, i haven't O'd all that many times in the past decade because i was on hormonal BC for a loooong time prior to TTC. so maybe it would've always felt this bad!!!<br><br>
the good part is i can tell when i'm going to O, so i think i might be a good candidate for FAM. i think i'll give it a cycle or two more so i can really figure out my symptoms, and then actually take a chance at sex without protection <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared">
 

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My experience was very similar to yours. My period returned at 3 months postpartum (like mama2elisabeth, I was also feeding on request and pumping for a friend's baby so this was very surprising!). The cramps were pretty intense beforehand and I had never had experience with cramping pre-baby. Also, when my period did finally come, it was a lot longer and heavier than it had ever been. A friend with 2 and another on the way reassured me that her experiences with PP periods were similar.<br>
I had mixed emotions about the return of my cycles. On the one hand I was simultaneously excited to be cycling again after so long, but then again, I was really not ready to start thinking about birth control again!
 
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