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First Menstruation After C-Section

First Menstruation After C-Section

… I was overjoyed and I forgot all my pains and worries… this is the feeling of every mother whenever she sees her baby immediately after delivery.

While a safe delivery brings a sigh of relief to a mother, it also brings with it lots of apprehensions with the major being the First Menstruation after C-Section”.

Let’s check it out:

Why do you bleed after C-section delivery?

Well! Irrespective of the delivery type a woman had, every mother will get its first periods after delivery known as “Lochia”. It happens because a woman’s body disposes out spare tissues as well as blood that was originally required to nurture the baby.

When do you get your first menstruation after cesarean?

As soon as your delivery takes place, Lochia begins. After a gap of about 45 days or say, about one and a half months post-delivery you get back to your normal regular periods. The exact time is most likely to vary for working and non-working moms. How? See below.

  • Breastfeeding moms:

Those mothers who breastfeed regularly and will continue nursing their babies for many months may have delayed normal periods because of the hormonal changes related to the lactation stage.

  • Formula-fed babies:

Those who are working moms and do not have enough time to breastfeed their babies will return to their normal periods sooner by one to three months post-delivery. If there’s a delay, refer to your gynecologist for amenorrhea, hormonal changes, or an unplanned pregnancy.

Menstruation in normal delivery vs. cesarean delivery

Lochia results in heavy bleeding as compared to normal periods that a woman had and will last for many days.
Whether you had a normal delivery or a cesarean delivery, your period cycle in both the cases are going to be the same and the factors responsible for time of the periods will again depend upon how your breastfeed your baby as also explained above for nursing and non-nursing moms. Still if you feel your first menstruation is not coming to normal after some specific period, you need to consult your doctor for any disease or infection.

first menstruation after c section

What factors affect my periods?

Stress plays a major role in balancing your menstruation because postpartum, a mother has to cope up with many things, her routine, her baby and its activities, daily routine, domestic life and her work life, if she has resumed her job. Not taking care of your body and over-exerting yourself will end up having heavier periods. Other major factors affecting your menstruation cycle are obesity, trying to attain zero size or most common these days is “Thyroid”.

Maintaining proper hygiene is highly important in order to save yourself from possible infections.

How to strike the right balance between your first menstruation and your motherhood?

  • Are you going through postnatal depression or what is known as postpartum depression?
  • Do you have family support?
  • Are you a working mother?

 

Well! Whatever be your situation, you will have to find the solution yourself. Take a deep breath and think wisely. Have a proper routine that will include proper sleeping hours, baby’s day to day care, domestic chores, and taking out additional time for yourself to rest after baby’s birth. Seek the support of your family member or arrange a household worker for some time and ask your husband to assist you in daily chores.

For working mothers, you need to have set feeding schedule for your baby.

When to see your doctor?

Seek your gynecologist’s advice in case of:

  1. Excessive bleeding during first menstruation
  2. Prolonged bleeding
  3. Abnormal Appetite or abnormal sleep
  4. Excessive urination
  5. Smelly vaginal discharge
  6. Developing of pus, swollen incisions, red and itchy areas with some possibility of infection