GO WITH THE FLOW
If you’re not breastfeeding, you can expect your period to return about six to 10 weeks after baby arrives (though some women might not get it until much later). For those who are, it may turn up at about 20 weeks, though that too may vary. It’s all to do with prolactin, a hormone that encourages milk production and can inhibit ovulation. Don’t be alarmed if it takes longer — some women’s periods won’t return for a year after they stop breastfeeding.
» You were on the Pill from your teen years until you decided to conceive. The period you have when you’re on the Pill isn’t a natural period, but a withdrawal bleeding from the 21 days of synthetic hormones, and experiencing what your cycle is really like for the first time in years can be a shock to the system.
» Your hormones are still out of whack after giving birth and need more time to adjust.
» Weight gain.
» Thyroid problems. Once your period arrives, iron deficiency can – ironically – cause heavier periods. But you may see a positive change if you have endometriosis, as pregnancy can improve symptoms.
Some women’s periods won’t return for a year