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How soon after end of lochia can you have a period?

(12 Posts)
themothership Sun 03-Jul-05 14:47:50

I'm a bit confused... I had my dd just over 6 weeks ago, and my lochia appeared to have completely finished about 1 week ago. At the end it was very light and not really blood like (sorry about too much detail). However this morning I started bleeding again, like a proper period (although not particularly heavy at the moment). Is this my lochia returning? Or am I having my first 'real' period?

I'm a bit peeved at the whole bleeding thing starting again so soon when I thought I was going to have a reprieve (am exclusively breastfeeding).

Yorkiegirl Sun 03-Jul-05 14:51:28

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Merlot Sun 03-Jul-05 15:30:47

same thing happened to me too - not a proper period, just a return of the lochia.

Nemo1977 Sun 03-Jul-05 15:31:30

same here i had a whole weeks break between lochia which lasted 5 wks then af turned up following week

spidermama Sun 03-Jul-05 15:34:58

If you are breast feeding it's very unlikely to be a period. If bottle feeding it's possible. Sometimes the blood returns if you've been over doing it a bit. The wound in the womb has to heal where the placenta pulled away from it.
I bled for about 6 weeks after ds1.

LIZS Mon 04-Jul-05 09:37:46

Happened to me too, even though fully b'feeding. Dr confirmed it at my 6 week check up. Then had another about 2/3 weeks later, then a break until ds was 5 months old !

NotQuiteCockney Mon 04-Jul-05 09:39:42

A friend of mine had her period return at 6 weeks, with each baby, despite fully breastfeeding.

So it could be more lochia, could be a period. Hopefully it's lochia ...

muminlondon Mon 04-Jul-05 13:47:07

I remember it going on for ages - 8-9 weeks but with a break of a couple of weeks in the middle. But then nothing till 9 months as was breastfeeding fully. If you don't have any alarming pains it's probably OK.

themothership Mon 04-Jul-05 16:29:23

Thanks everyone, reassuring to hear that others have had this too. And is it normal for the new bleeding to be proper blood rather than brown, or mucous-like, like at had at what I thought was the end of my lochia?

Fio2 Mon 04-Jul-05 16:31:24

yes ine actually happened almost immediately after the lochia had stopped or was stopping. this happened both times i had children

muminlondon Mon 04-Jul-05 17:24:13

I think I assumed the same as you - that I had actually had a period or breakthrough bleeding, so it must have looked like fresh blood. But it didn't go on for much longer, then I never had another period for months. And have had very normal regular periods since they resumed.

purpleturtle Mon 04-Jul-05 17:31:54

I had a period when dd was 6 weeks old. Fully bf - friend of mine too. HV told us we were both 'unlucky'!

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