Some women experience heavier, longer or more painful periods after having a baby. These changes may relate to a larger uterine cavity causing more endometrium (mucous lining the uterus) to shed. For some women, however, their periods improve.
Why is my first postpartum period so heavy?
Brace yourself…the first period after giving birth is typically heavier than normal because there is extra blood in your uterine lining that needs to be shed. You may enjoy easier periods due to physical changes in the uterus and cervix, although some women experience stronger cramps.
What does having a heavier period mean?
If your hormone levels aren’t balanced, your body can make the lining too thick, which leads to heavy bleeding when you shed the thicker lining. If you don’t ovulate (release an egg from an ovary), this can throw off the hormone balance in your body, too, leading to a thicker lining and a heavier period.
How long is your first period after having a baby?
Whether you had a C-section or delivered vaginally, you will have bleeding for six to eight weeks after giving birth. However, this is not considered menstruation. It is called lochia. In the beginning, your lochia will be deep red, and you may pass a few blood clots.
Can I push my period out faster?
The best way to make your period come faster is to take your placebo birth control pills earlier than usual. You can also make your period come faster by having sex or relieving stress through exercise or meditation.
Does a heavy period mean you are more fertile?
If regular menstruation occurs, we can assume that ovulation takes place regularly as well. However, the assumption that heavier periods lead to higher fertility is not correct. In this context, it is much more important that periods are as regular and healthy as possible.
Has anyone ever died from a heavy period?
Depending on the severity, untreated internal bleeding can lead to organ failure, coma, and in some cases death. Even with treatment, severe internal bleeding can result in death. It’s very important to identify and treat internal bleeding early in order to avoid any complications.
What color is your first period after giving birth?
It will change colour, too – beginning as red or brownish-red, then going darker brown or pinkish red. ‘Lochia starts to change colour toward the end – it (often) becomes a dark brown colour.,’ explains Marie Louise. Blood from your first postpartum period will look different.
Is it normal to bleed 3 months postpartum?
Postpartum bleeding: how much blood is normal? After childbirth, some bleeding and spotting is completely normal. And this may last for about four to six weeks. Heavy bleeding after giving birth is called postpartum hemorrhage.
How heavy is too heavy for a period?
Heavy for 1 woman may be normal for another. Most women will lose less than 16 teaspoons of blood (80ml) during their period, with the average being around 6 to 8 teaspoons. Heavy menstrual bleeding is defined as losing 80ml or more in each period, having periods that last longer than 7 days, or both.