We are all aware that pregnancy and delivery certainly causes severe physical and hormonal changes and it is commonly seen that women do suffer from irregular periods just after delivery. Menstrual cycle will take some time to be restored to its normalcy after childbirth and most of the mothers do suffer from the problem of irregular menstrual cycle. The cause of irregular periods is related to fertility as this is a great approach to prevent new pregnancies but this condition cannot be referred to as a dependable method for birth control. Irregular periods are extremely common amongst nursing women and it might take longer time for the menstrual cycle to fall into place than we might have thought of.
It has been found that nursing enhances the production of hormones that suppress ovulation. In the olden times, women used to nurse their babies for several years together and this enabled them to recover and replenish from birth and pregnancy and also offered sufficient age gap between the children.
There is no specific time period for a woman's menstrual cycle to return to normalcy after her pregnancy and the phase of such irregular periods differs from woman to woman. Most of the nursing mothers think that they have at least six months before their periods return to regularity but for some women this time period extends to a year. It should be noted that women who stop breast feeding soon, also start getting their periods faster but it still means that the menstrual cycle may take months to resume back to its normal state. Even when you start getting your periods after pregnancy, it is likely to be irregular and these changes in your menstrual cycle can be permanent or it may also continue for a long time.
It has been noted that only a very few women get their periods back just after childbirth even when they are breast feeding. This aspect keeps on changing from women to women and even from the first pregnancy to the next for the same woman. One of the common misconceptions regarding menstruation and pregnancy is that we all are under the assumption that nursing mothers cannot get pregnant until their menstrual cycle has come to normalcy. However, this assumption is totally untrue as ovulation will surely take place even before the menstrual cycle so it does not matter if you suffer from irregular periods after pregnancy but there are pretty good chances of conceiving again even before your periods have started.