How Soon After Giving Birth Will I Get My Period?

How Soon After Giving Birth Will I Get My Period?

Our expert: Dr. Sherry Ross

Sheryl A. Ross, M.D., “Dr. Sherry,” is an award-winning OBGYN, our go-to for pregnancy, postpartum, menopause and beyond. She’s practiced for 20+ years, recently won both a Top Ten OB/GYN & Patient’s Choice Award. She also has a line of custom vitamins made specially for women, Dr. Ross D3FY Vitamins.

How soon after giving birth will I get my period?

Wasn’t it wonderful not having your period for nine months?

The question of when your period should return after having a baby really depends on if you are breastfeeding (and for how long). When you breastfeed, your estrogen level drops to rock bottom—similar to how low it gets in menopause.  As a result, a really low estrogen level equals no periods. When you are breastfeeding more than six times a day within the first six months of your baby’s life, you will most likely not get a period.  As your baby adds more food into his/her diet such as cereal, juice, fruits, and vegetables, the frequency of breastfeeding is decreased as is the amount of breast milk produced. When this happens, your estrogen level will slowly return to normal.  It is usually during this time when your period will return.  Of course, every woman is different and the introduction of food to your baby’s diet will also vary.


For those women who could not or did not want to breastfeed, they can expect their periods to return within six to nine weeks after delivery.

It doesn’t matter if you had a vaginally delivery or cesarean section; your period will return as described above.

Most women are not in any rush to welcome back Aunt Flo!

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