OK wait.... question...

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Marite13's picture
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OK wait.... question...

While you're post-partum and without a period, surely your body is not building up any lining in the uterus, until you actually ovulate, and then it happens for the first time, right?

A friend of mine keep telling me that my first pp period is going to be SO BAD.... and I don't really get what she means...I mean, ok I TOTALLY get that hormonally, it's going to be ugly... but, do you think she's implying blood wise it's going to be heavy? And do you think that's true?

I'm honestly not really worried about it...but just wondering...

Kayla1981's picture
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My first one was painful, but not super heavy. And pain is normal for me so I would say it was a typical period. And I didn't start until exactly one year after her birth.

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Mine are irregular for the 1st two. They also are painful like cramps that make you double over. But I think it depends on the person. My 1st and 2nd period are like 39 days apart vs my 30 day cycle. I think my second period is heavier. HTH

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It's totally different for everyone. Sometimes they kick in right away as normal. Sometimes they start off on a rough foot. Other people just ease back into them with a few smaller, shorter cycles.

Your friend probably hasn't read TCOYF. A lining isn't just constantly building when your are post partum. Since the hormones aren't there to trigger ovulation, they aren't there to build a lining, whose main purpose is to support an embryo. No chance for embryo, no need for any lining. Once your hormones are sufficient enough to trigger follicles to mature, that's when the lining begins to build. Since hormones are sometimes a bit wonky for that first PPAF, it can be heavy, but not always. It's just all different for every woman.

I figure you wouldn't be worried about it...it's really not the beast she's making it out to be. Especially if you were a regular kinda gal before babies, you have a better chance at being pretty normal after too.

mlark1128's picture
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Both of my first PPAFs have been completely normal. In fact, after Luke my periods became much less painful. It's different for everyone! I will say I'm very irregular right now bc Jake still nurses 6x per day. Smile

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all my PP afs have been pretty regulation, except for my shorter cycles and long spotting/bleeding times it's not THAT bad, not heavy. I think I can remember when they came back after Aaron it was a bit more sore than normal but that settled quite quickly.

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"JorgieGirl" wrote:

It's totally different for everyone. Sometimes they kick in right away as normal. Sometimes they start off on a rough foot. Other people just ease back into them with a few smaller, shorter cycles.

Your friend probably hasn't read TCOYF. A lining isn't just constantly building when your are post partum. Since the hormones aren't there to trigger ovulation, they aren't there to build a lining, whose main purpose is to support an embryo. No chance for embryo, no need for any lining. Once your hormones are sufficient enough to trigger follicles to mature, that's when the lining begins to build. Since hormones are sometimes a bit wonky for that first PPAF, it can be heavy, but not always. It's just all different for every woman.

I figure you wouldn't be worried about it...it's really not the beast she's making it out to be. Especially if you were a regular kinda gal before babies, you have a better chance at being pretty normal after too.

Yeah, this is the part I was definitely talking about. She seemed to imply that I was going to bleed like the end of the world because of how long it's been since I had a period, and I just wasn't convinced she was right.

Kayla1981's picture
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I think people make assumptions that are not based on any real knowledge of how the body works. That sounds rude and I don't mean it to be b/c I think we all do it at times. I can see how someone would have in their mind that a period would be worse if it's been a while since you had one, even if that's not the case.

Marite13's picture
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Yeah, Kayla, I think you're exactly right.

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i had one period, and it was actually quite pleasant! i usually have a lot of pain, but it was totally pain free and lasted 4 days Smile

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Yeah, if there's any more blood or pain or emotional differences from the norm with your first PPAF, it's more than likely hormonal. You definitely are not building up lining like she thinks you are!