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When Will my Period Return After Giving Birth?

Jennifer Lincoln, MD, IBCLC, Board Certified OB/GYN
January 3, 2019 . 1 min read

One of the great benefits of pregnancy is that you get to skip your period for about 40 weeks! But yes, it will return. If you aren’t breastfeeding, your periods will usually start up again by eight weeks postpartum, though they can start as soon as four weeks after you deliver. This means that effective birth control is essential if you don’t want to become pregnant right away. If you are breastfeeding, your periods may not return for months (or years, depending on your body and how frequently you nurse). This is perfectly healthy and normal, since the hormones that help with breastfeeding can suppress ovulation. In fact, it’s considered one of the perks of breastfeeding by many moms!

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