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Am 13 weeks post partum. Exclusive breastfeeding. Got period just before 12 weeks and am bleeding again w. mild cramping. Normal? Concerning? Call dr?

Am 13 weeks post partum. Exclusive breastfeeding. Got period just before 12 weeks and am bleeding again w. mild cramping. Normal? Concerning? Call dr?

Mild?: You can call your doctor anytime but if bleeding/cramping is mild I'd watch for a few days. If worsening or lasts longer call the doctor. Good wishes and good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Breastfeeding (Definition)

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I have spotting between periods. I am 18 months post-partum and still breastfeeding. I have had cervical ectropions in the past. What could it be?

I have spotting between periods. I am 18 months post-partum and still breastfeeding. I have had cervical ectropions in the past. What could it be?

Ectropion v. BF: Definitely either ectropion or breast feeding could be the cause. When a woman breastfeeds, she has elevated levels of prolactin, a hormone essential for breastfeeding. Prolactin can interfere with a regular cycle. Ectropions (benign) can also be associated, but more with post-coital spotting of bright red blood. If you're worried, see your doctor for an exam! be well. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a super super heavy period after having a baby! I'm 3 months post partum and going through a super tampon every 45 min - ?

Is it normal to have a super super heavy period after having a baby! I'm 3 months post partum and going through a super tampon every 45 min - ?

Not normal: Is this the first period since delivery? Was everything ok with delivery and did bleeding stopped as expected afterwards? Were your periods heavy before preg.? Periods can become a bit heavier after pregnancy but a tampon every 45 min seems a lot. I'd see your OB-GYN, esp. if heavy bleeding continues, cramping, fever, dizzy or weak. ...Read more

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Im 6 weeks postpartum and breastfeeding i started my period its very heavy with pelvic and low back ache,heavy painful feet and legs is this normal?

Im 6 weeks postpartum and breastfeeding i started my period its very heavy with pelvic and low back ache,heavy painful feet and legs is this normal?

Unfortunately - yes: Your symptoms are common among postpartum women especially if not using an oral contraceptives. Modern OCPs do not interfere with breast feeding if the milk is well established nor does it have significant passage in the milk. They will help reduce the bleeding, pain and heaviness. At 6 weeks you are due to see your OB, so discuss this and find a solution that is best for you. ...Read more

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I had my baby 8 weeks ago. I'm not breast feeding & had post partum bleeding for 3 weeks. When could i expect my period?

I had my baby 8 weeks ago. I'm not breast feeding & had post partum bleeding for 3 weeks. When could i expect my period?

Depends: Depends on how fast you heal . If you are not anemic and pretty healthy , you may see a period within the month. If you are taking birth control, depending upon what it is, this may affect your cycle. Check with you provider for this discussion. ...Read more

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9weeks postpartum. I bleed after exercising only. I already had my 6week and everything was good. I am exclusively breastfeeding so its not my period?

9weeks postpartum. I bleed after exercising only. I already had my 6week and everything was good. I am exclusively breastfeeding so its not my period?

Normal: Breast feeding inhibits ovulation, so you are correct the bleeding is not your period. Because you are not yet ovulating, you are not producing the estrogen necessary to heal the uterus after your delivery - that allows the spotting and bleeding to linger, sometimes for up to several months. That is normal. ...Read more

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10 Weeks postpartum and exclusively breastfeeding. Had a period at 5 weeks. I'm 5 days late with thicker white dishcharge. Is this pregnancy?

10 Weeks postpartum and exclusively breastfeeding. Had a period at 5 weeks. I'm 5 days late with thicker white dishcharge. Is this pregnancy?

Maybe. Maybe not.: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. An Ob-Gyn doctor can evaluate any persistent or worrisome symptoms. ...Read more

Hypermenorrhea (Definition)

Hypermenorrhea is menstrual flow that is heavy. About 1 in 20 women have heavy flow. If you need to change a pad or tampon every 2 hours or more or have gushing or soak into your clothes frequently you have hypermenorrhea. See a doctor. ...Read more


Dr. Linda Bernstein
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