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    Anon_126391 posted:
    I have a baby girl, 6 weeks old. My question is this; after you stop bleeding how can you know when your next cycle starts?
    Allaya9 responded:
    It's different for each woman and depends on if your breastfeeding. If your breastfeeding your cycle can take up to 6 months to start, but you could ovulate without having a cycle and could become pregnant again. For me, my cycle started 2 months after he was born and I didn't have the normal symptoms just mild cramps, and mild bleeding. Hope this helps!
    Anon_395 responded:
    Hi and congratulations on the birth of your daughter. Allaya9 has a good point on whether you are breastfeeding or not. I breastfeed my babies and my cycles usually start back up around 9-10 months post-partum. If you are not breastfeeding, you should start your period pretty quick, like 2 months after giving birth, although it's different for every woman.
    Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:
    A late welcome and congratulations to you!

    Here is a great Labor, Delivery and Postpartum Period-Postpartum Recovery and Coping Overview , which states:
    "Your menstrual cycle, and thus your ability to become pregnant again, will return at your body's own pace. Remember that you can ovulate and get pregnant during the month before your first menstrual period, as soon as 2 to 3 weeks after childbirth. If you do not want to become pregnant right away, use birth control even if you are breast-feeding.
    • If you do not breast-feed, your menstrual periods may begin within a month or two after delivery.
    • If you breast-feed full-time, your periods will probably not resume for a few months. The average among women who breast-feed exclusively is 8 months. But breast-feeding is not a dependable method of birth control. For more information, see Breast-feeding as birth control ."
    Hope that this information helps and you will speak to your doctor if you have any concerns. We look forward to getting to know you and your precious newborn!

    Take care,

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