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It's going on 25 months since the last time I had mensus - Has anyone else experienced this? My two year old ds still nurses during the day and many many times at night. We would like to try to conceive again soon. My NP tells me that it's unusually, but normal.<br><br>
I'm just curious if anyone has gone this long with no AF and if there is anything natural, such as herbs and diet changes, that I can do to bring my cycle back.
 

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I didn't get AF until 27 months after DD1 was born. I'm currently at 11 & counting. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Vitex/chasteberry is supposed to be helpful w/instigating a return of fertility.<br><br>
But if your menses haven't returned, maybe it's b/c your DS is not ready to be a big brother yet.
 

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I didn't get my first af until 22 months pp. And dd was only nursing once a day. You might want to check out vitex to help w/ your cycle. I tried it for a little while and can't be sure if it had any effect or if it was just time for af to come back. Good luck. There's a "nursing mamas ttc" thread in the Fertility forum you may want to check out.
 

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I'm at 24 months, yeah!!! My longest was 28 months with my 3rd, I don't want it back, I'm quite happy without it, thank you!
 

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I would also consider it a sign that your body may not be ready to be pregnant again. It takes a while (at least 18 months from what I've read) for your muscles and nutrient levels to fully recover from pregnancy. It could also be that your body might not do well with nursing in pregnancy so it will wait to resume AF after you are no longer nursing.
 

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I went 22 months w/ dd and 19 m with ds. You're definitely within the range of normal. How is your diet? I am typically underweight and small-build; I find I do have to add a couple extra high-quality snacks to keep from losing weight while nursing.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's going on 25 months since the last time I had mensus - Has anyone else experienced this? My two year old ds still nurses during the day and many many times at night. We would like to try to conceive again soon. My NP tells me that it's unusually, but normal.<br><br>
I'm just curious if anyone has gone this long with no AF and if there is anything natural, such as herbs and diet changes, that I can do to bring my cycle back.</div>
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I'm confused. It's been over two years since you had a period or it's been two years since you had the baby, with no return of AF yet? (Since you said it was 25 months from last menses, but your child is two -- or am I just that bad at math? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> )<br><br>
I went two years and one month with no period, but that included the time I was pregnant. And I would've been way fine if it'd been even longer. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
You might want to check out <i>Taking Charge of Your Fertility</i> by Toni Weschler. It's a great book and has a section on charting while BFing, if I recall.<br><br>
I'd double check before taking any herbs to help with ovulation, since you're still BFing.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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with both kids, I didn't get my period back until I nightweaned. I nightweaned ds at 14 months, and got AF at about 16. I nightweaned dd at 34 months and got AF back at 37. Dd is 3+ now and down to nursing 2-3 times a day.<br><br>
If you really want to ttc, try night weaning.
 

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Dd is 32 months and I just got mine back 2 weeks ago! Dd still nurses 3x a day, upon waking, before her nap, and before bed. But she also nursed in the middle of the night if she woke up, sometimes as many as 2 or 3 times. I think that was the key, because as soon as she slept through the night without nursing, (I think it was 3 nights in a row), AF came back. Whew! I was pretty relieved since we were wanting to ttc again and I was just so anxious about not knowing what was happening with my own body. Unfortunately dd is back to waking up at night, but I think that little break helped trigger the return of my menses. I've since started vitex, because I'm thinking that with my history I might need some extra help in getting back on track. Best of luck to you.
 

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I got pregnant with ds in July of 2004, and didn't get my period back until February of 2007. From pregancy, birth, to when he was almost 2....that's period free for about 2+ years. Good times.
 

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It's been 3 years this November since I had menses, my son is about 25 months and I expected to get it back by 24 months. I did not know it could take as long as 37mos, as one of you experienced, or more. I am in no great rush to have another baby, especially if it's because my body can't handle it. That is why I was curious if any of you recommended something specific to support my system or some part of it that might be laking in something that it needs to get on track.<br><br>
I am underweight with a small frame, but I find that taking Bentatine HCL helps as I have low stomach acid and I don't seem to absorb all my nutrients otherwise.<br><br>
I also don't feel as though my son is ready, today to have a sibling - but I figured in nine months he would be. We were just hoping for 3 year spacing, but if that's not meant to be - so be it.<br><br>
My NP offered hormone therapy, which i of course turned down. It is good to know that my body seems to be doing what it needs to in order to support my continued nursing relationship with my son. It's also reassuring to know that going way past 24 months is normal for some women - such as some of you.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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My ds is 29 months and still no AF. I am also thin - but eat very well. I nightweaned 3 months ago and still no AF.<br>
I find it interesting that some suggested I might not be ready to get pregnant yet. We started TTC #2 and cut way back on nursings (which DS did not like). Then DS was hospitalized for RSV and his immune system took a beating with all the prednisone he received. He now has food allergies and a weakened immune system. The allergist actually recommended I keep bf him to help him build back up.<br>
So anyway, thank goodness I didn't get preggo. Everything happens for a reason.
 
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