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Anyone Else Have a Change in the Length of Menstrual Cycle After First Baby?

Hello, ladies: Prior to the birth of my daughter, I had a very regular menstrual cycle of 29 days--never any variations. Now, my daughter is 11 months, and I seem to have developed an equally regular 35-day cycle. I'm still breast feeding, but only twice a day, and intend to wean her around a year. Has anyone else had their cycle length change after pregnancy like this? My husband and I are starting to think about another baby, and I want to start keeping track of ovulation. Thanks!

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L., My cycles went back to normal when I finished breastfeeding my twins after 1 yr. Here is a website that helped us tremendously through the new changes. www.ccli.org

Good luck.

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My baby is a little over seven months old and I am still breast feeding and my periods are so irregular I never knoe when they might come and how long they are going to last! I have asked my OB about it and they say it will probably be irregular until I stop breast feeding! I had 4 periods in 6 weeks and now I haven't had one in 2 months! It is crazy but they also told me it does not mean that you can't get pregnant!

Yes, my cycle changed by about 5 days as well. It worked out all right when I got used to it but I was concerned about it until the GYN told me to relax and enjoy it.

Same thing with me. I have a 10 month old son and my periods started back up a few months ago. I am still breastfeeding as well. My cycles seem to be even up to 40 days! I don't mind though :)
Good luck trying to figure your schedule out!
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Hi L.. My cycle length has not really changed (28ish days) however the length of my period increased as well as a dramatic increase in flow which was not quite fun. I also started my period while breast feeding about 5 months after my son was born. I guess I was one of the unlucky to go without my period the entire time while breast feeding. The best thing to do is just keep a calendar and discuss with your OBGYN. Your cycle length may change how easy/hard it will be to get pregnant again (not to discourage you but wanted you to be prepared)!

I most definitely had a change in length of cycle, except mine was following 3 babies (didn't have cycles between because didn't cycle at all while nursing and became pregnant 3 weeks following the weaning of the previous one). Also, I was the opposite, I had 36 day cycles prior to babies and now 26-28 day cycles following (I like the 36 day ones better :)). Anyway, most likely your cycles are different because you're ovulating later in your cycle. This could be from nursing still, even though only twice/day. I was one of those that had to stop all together just to have a cycle. In your case, your cycles may become shorter in length again once you wean. Regardless, you can probably get pregnant if you hit it right, whether it be during a 35 day cycle (now) or if you wait to wean and go back to 28 day cycles. Who knows though, you may stay with 35 day cycles even following. Like I mentioned before, pre-babies, I had 36 day cycles and now, 26-28 day cycles. When trying to conceive or getting ready to, I took daily temps to see (in retrospect) when I ovulated and it was around day 20 or so when I had 36 day cycles. Now I don't know because I don't keep track. I'm done with that phase of my life (having babies) and have 3 wonderful "babies." They are almost 2, 3 1/2, and almost 5. Good luck planning/adding to the rest of your family. :) And enjoy every moment!

L., My cycles went back to normal when I finished breastfeeding my twins after 1 yr. Here is a website that helped us tremendously through the new changes. www.ccli.org

Good luck.

Hello L.. I don't think it is having a baby that has changed your cycle, but breastfeeding is most likely the cause. I breastfed my now 2yo until she was about 15 months, and I didn't have a period from the time I got pregnant until she was over a year old (the good old days :) I assure you, you can and will get pregnant even with a longer cycle while breastfeeding. That is how my SIL got pregnant with baby #2-currently #10...She has breastfeed babies for 12 solid years and #11 is on his or her way. Congrats on baby #1 and good luck with #2

I'm so jealous! My cycle actually went just the opposite: originally it was a nice long 35 days, but after my first kid, it switched to 28 days. *sigh* My ovulation changed, too, to about a week after the end of my period, so watch out for a change there too. It's all hormonal and after the chaotic cocktail of pregnancy hormones, there are lots of adjustments the body must make. Good luck!

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