Return of Menstrual Periods

If you are not breastfeeding, your period may return about 6-8 weeks after giving birth. If you are breastfeeding, your periods may not start again for months.

It is possible that you may release an egg (ovulate) before you have your first period which means you can get pregnant.  Use birth control to help make sure you don't get pregnant again until you are ready. Talk with your doctor about which method is best for you.

About six weeks after delivery, you will have a postpartum visit with your doctor to make sure you are healing well and that you have recovered from pregnancy and birth.

This visit is a good time to share concerns and ask questions about your physical or emotional health, the healing process, breastfeeding, birth control, weight loss, sex, and how you are adjusting to life with your new baby.

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