An underrated perk of pregnancy is all those months that you don't have to deal with a period. As someone who suffers from horrible cramps come menstruation time, I really appreciated the respite during my pregnancy. I had hoped it would continue long after birth, because I'd heard there are a few reasons your period may be slow to come back after baby. Unfortunately, my body was eager to get back on track — I got my first postpartum period just four months after my daughter was born.
It's worth noting that the timing of a period's comeback varies from women to women. Belly Belly noted that non-breastfeeding moms may see their period return within 10 weeks , while nursing moms might get it back by around 20 weeks. And, unlike me, some women may welcome the return of their period. After all, the return of your period means you're ovulating and can potentially get pregnant if you're already pumped for baby number two. Not to mention, Parents noted that women who struggled with painful cramps or even conditions like endometriosis may find that their postpartum periods are much less unpleasant.
If you're still waiting for the return of your period, here are five possible explanations for the delay.