So - if you’ve had a baby did you find that your period was much heavier than before you had children?
Junior is 9 months old. Aunt Flo retuned when he was about 4 months and has been coming regularly, every 28 days since then, just like before I got pregnant; however, it’s WAAAAAY heavier. And, um, clotty. And bright freakin’ red.
FWIW, my doctor is aware of the issue and I have some blood tests booked to look for other possible causes, but I’m wondering if this is just one of those things.
I asked my mom and she said she seemed to remember that for a while after having kids her periods were heavier, but she couldn’t remember how long they lasted.
BTW - I am 38 so I suppose peri-menopause is possible, but I think a lot more timing, spotting, missed period type wackyness tends to be involved with that.
Mine was the opposite - my periods before pregancy were so bad that they severely impacted on my life, whereas afterwards they were just heavyish periods. But the first couple after my child’s birth were really really heavy. I’d heard that was normal - kinda like getting nine months’s worth of periods out there; we were advised to buy extra padded towels and disposable knickers.
And then my periods stopped for a year, at least partly due to breastfeeding.
I guess mine were - in particular longer than I remember (up to 7 days), but that could well be because I was on the pill before I tried to get pregnant which gave me very light periods and so was not not a true comparison. Mine came back on the dot of 6 months and was regular from then on in.
My little one is 13 months now, and periods have been brutal since they came back. (Breastfed until a year - periods have been back for about 6 months now.) I’m an older mom, too - age 41 - so perimenopause may be a factor for me. Before I became pregnant at age 40, periods had been getting heavier and (to borrow your perfectly good word) “clottier.” My mom went through early menopause - final visit was at age 42 - so chances are good that this is just “last hurrah” shenanigans.
This is precisely what I was coming in to post — but this only happened after my last child, born when I was 41. I noticed no real difference after the birth of my others, which all were born when I was between the ages of 29 and 33. For what it’s worth I’m now nearly 48 and no perimenopause in sight. My mom and grandmother were both in their mid-50s when it happened for them, so I’m expecting another five years or so of auntie.
Mine were definitely heavier and they continued to get heavier gradually. I just accepted this as a normal progression and it was only in the course of trying to find the answer to a different medical issue that it was made clear to me that it was not normal. My iron was so low that they were surprised I was still functioning. The end result for me that actually fixed both issues was a partial hysterectomy. I’m still amazed I went so long without realizing that it just wasn’t normal.
Mine have gotten more sporadic, the cramps are unbearable, and some days I’ll bleed so fast and heavy I have to sit in a bathtub for hours while my body drains blood (not kidding). I’ve had to go to the ER twice, in which case they told me to take Advil. My reproductive system has completely gone WHACK.