If you use OPKs and have had a baby…

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

jbbird :  It might depend on how far post partum you are.  If your cycle returns earlier it is more likely to be anovulatory or irregular than if it returns later. 

Mine came back 7.5mo pp- still breastfeeding (no formula or supplementation, but obviously solids) and I still breastfed 1x overnight.  I think my first two cycles (3 if you count the one before my first period) were anovulatory.  I wasn’t using OPKs but I was charting and I don’t see any clear O.  They weren’t super long, 29 and 30 days but like I said, I don’t show any O.  3rd it looks like I O’d CD 22, 7 day LP.  After that I did start using OPKs (still charting) and my O date moved up to about CD 16 where it stayed for quite awhile.  7 day luteal phase until I quit pumping at work and then it was a 9 day luteal phase.  O stayed around CD15/CD16 with a 9-10 day luteal phase (so guessing breastfeeding still affected it some).  I weaned my 2 year old when I was 12 weeks pregnant with #2.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

jbbird :  Yeah, I pretty much never sleep through the night but I found I wasn’t really affected by waking up 1-3x a night as long as I got enough sleep overall and a solid 45min-1hr before my wakeup time (and I fall back to sleep pretty easy usually so I wasn’t awake for too long of stretches).  I just temped at the same time every morning, before I got up for the day.  My charts were actually more confusing to try to temp adjust.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

my first 2 pp cycles were 25 days long, then my most recent cycle was 33 days.  i think the 25 day ones were my body still adjusting since it only lasted 2 days. 

i knew during the 33 day long cycle that i wasn’t pregnant b/c  we didn’t have sex at the right time.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

jbbird :  I got my first postpartum period when my son was 11 months, about 10 days after he went on a four day nursing strike. I pumped three times per day for comfort and he resumed nursing 5-6 times per day after the strike. He was night weaned at that point but I would nurse him around 5 am sometimes if he woke up too early. That first cycle was 46 days long, I don’t know if I ovulated or not. The next few cycles were around 35 days and I had a short luteal phase (9 days). As my son nursed less my cycles got a bit shorter but the luteal phase stayed about 10 days. I completely weaned him at 21 months and my luteal phase lengthened to 12 days, with a 27-29 day cycle. We started TTC when my son was 25 months, it took 2 cycles and I’m 8 weeks now. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I had 3 periods pp before I got my BFP.  They were longer than my pre pregnancy periods (35-40 days compared to 30 days) but I was exclusively BFing so that may have had something to do with it.

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