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February 10th, 2009, 03:54 PM
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I know the general idea is that you can get a "warning period" or you can possibly ovulate before you get your period back, but that isn't considered the norm.

But my understanding was that you will not HAVE a period unless you ovulated about 2 weeks before. Any other bleeding is due to other hormonal changes, but isn't really your period and may or may not be the same length, flow, etc.

Is this right? Just checking.
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February 10th, 2009, 03:59 PM
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Yup, you've pretty much got it....except the first part.

It's more common to get a "warning bleed" prior to 6 months PP while breastfeeding. After 6 months PP, the odds go up that you will ovulate before having a warning bleed.

Other bleeding can be related to ovulation, so consider it potentially fertile if ovulation was not detected first!
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February 10th, 2009, 04:14 PM
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oh yeah. I forgot you're more likely to ovulate first after 6 months.


Incidentally, my baby is 6 months and 3 days old.
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February 10th, 2009, 10:32 PM
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I just wanted to tell you that you are sooooooooo lucky! I stopped my PP bleeding and just a few short days later (mere days after my checkup with my OB and he didn't do an internal) I had my first AF! And I had it almost monthly from then out out (a couple longer months but otherwise regular). AJ was even still exclusively BF too when I got my first AF! Go figure. Maybe I will get lucky with the next one.
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February 11th, 2009, 07:06 AM
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AJ was even still exclusively BF too when I got my first AF! Go figure. Maybe I will get lucky with the next one.[/b]

You might! With my first, AF was back by 2 months despite full breastfeeding. But with this one, I got my full 6 month free pass with BFing infertility and AF wasn't here until about 8 months.
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February 11th, 2009, 03:39 PM
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I also got AF 4 weeks after having my first, and he was exclusively breastfed also.
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