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How long should my first post partum period last?

How long should my first post partum period last?

Heavier and longer: The first post partum period is often heavier and longer. If you have bleeding that lasts twice as long as your usual menses i would follow up with the delivering dooctor to rule out other problems. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Bernstein
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How long is it normal to wait for second period if you had your first post-partum period already?

How long is it normal to wait for second period if you had your first post-partum period already?

Depends: It depends on if you are breast feeding. If you r breast feeding than it can be very unpredictable. ...Read more

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I haven't gotten my first post partum period yet. It's been 8 months. Is this normal, or should I be worried?

Check preg test: Some women who are breast feeding full time, including at night, may not get a period for a while. Other reasons could be pregnancy or something stopping ovulation such as a hormone issue. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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It's day 13 of my first post partum period and still very heavy flow. Is this normal or should I see a doctor( I am on birth control pills)?

It's day 13 of my first post partum period and still very heavy flow. Is this normal or should I see a doctor( I am on birth control pills)?

Uterine "purge": The uterus is emptying everything from the pregnancy out a this time. That includes blood, debris, and gestation tissue remnants. The bleeding should eventually slow down in 1 to 2 weeks. If it is bright red, call your OB now and make an appointment as the bleeding may be due to retained placental tissue. ...Read more

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Is brown blood a sign of a period? I am 5 months post partum and have not yet gotten my first period but i noticed brown blood in my underwear.

Is brown blood a sign of a period? I am 5 months post partum and have not yet gotten my first period but i noticed brown blood in my underwear.

Spotting: Just spotting now. Are you breast feeding? Any chance you're pregnant? What are you using for contraception? Maybe your period is coming. Reply and maybe i can help. Or talk to your obgyn. ...Read more

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I am 4 days past my last dose of Provera, and anticipating my period soon. What are the chances that my period does not show up? I am 6 m post partum

I am 4 days past my last dose of Provera, and anticipating my period soon. What are the chances that my period does not show up?
I am 6 m post partum

It depends: It can time before your periods restart after using Depo Provera. Usually it can take months after ending Depo Provera. Studies have shown that 68% of women can take up to one year before they restart their periods. So there might be a high chance that your period might not show up. ...Read more