Everyone told you that nothing would be the same after you had a baby. Turns out, they were talking about your period, too.
"Following birth, your body is going through a lot of changes — your uterus is shrinking, your hormone levels are tapering off and your period is getting ready to make a comeback," says Heather Smith, M.D., an OB/GYN at Montefiore Health System. "Periods are different at different times in a woman's life, and this is one of those times when there can be some changes." Great, so you need to decipher if you'll still need super tampons while trying to figure out what absorbency diaper to snag? Cool.
While it is true that shit may be all over the place for a bit when it comes to your cycle, things will get back into a flow. Here's what you can expect over the next few months.
Weeks 1 to 6
There will be blood, but it's not your period — yet. "As your uterus heals, it continues to bleed a little bit from where the placenta was attached," Smith says. (Sorry for the visual.) "At first, the bleeding may seem like a period, but it should quickly improve over the first week."
Another time you may see red that isn't actually a period? "If you're lying down for awhile, it's normal to have a large gush or pass a clot when you first stand up," Smith says. "It's just blood that has been collecting in the vagina as your body continues to heal." Sporadic spotting is pretty common over those first six weeks, but if it lasts beyond that, or seems to be getting worse, you should call your doctor, Smith recommends.
And you're not going to want to skip this part: Just because you aren't getting a period, you can still get pregnant. Yes, seriously. So even though most doctors don't recommend having sex for six weeks post-delivery, if you are, do it safely.