our first period after a C-section can be different from your periods before pregnancy.

It may be heavier, more painful, or less predictable.

It's also important to know that your period may not return for several months if you're breastfeeding.

If you're not breastfeeding, you can expect your first period to return within 6-8 weeks after a C-section.

However, if you are breastfeeding, your period may not return for several months, or even up to a year.

Breastfeeding releases a hormone called prolactin, which suppresses ovulation.

If you're not breastfeeding and your period hasn't returned after 6 months, talk to your doctor.

Use over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen

Bleeding that is so heavy that you soak through more than one pad or tampon per hour for two hours in a row