LP before and after birth

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Registered: 01-24-2012
LP before and after birth
Wed, 01-25-2012 - 9:53am
Hi Ladies,
I'm wondering about how other mum's LPs have changed since having their babies. I had my first period a couple of weeks ago and I suspect my LP is a few days shorter than before DS. My chart is ambiguous as my temp didn't drop until day three of bleeding and my temps weren't consistantly high after I ovulated last cycle. But I suspect my LP may be less than 10 days. Before DS it was 12-13 days. DS is 15 months and is feeding 4 to 7 times a day now. I've been using vitex since last month although I took a break when I got my period back. I started up again when my EWCM dissppeared the other day before I Oed.
I always thought the LP stayed the same. Am I in trouble now or will it lenghthen again? I'd like to stop taking vitex asap.
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Registered: 06-02-2010
Wed, 01-25-2012 - 5:48pm
In our own experience, I've found each time you have a baby your body does different things. It was super easy to conceive our 1st, 2nd was a train wreck, 3rd was easy again. So I think in general it really depends on each person, and after each pregnancy how the body returns to it's new normal.

I would count the end of your LP to when you started bleeding, regardless of temps since it's not uncommon for them to take a bit to drop. It's also pretty normal to have LP "issues" while BFing. Our first LP I think was 11 days (while BFing 18month old) and we decided to add B6 as we had done while TTC #2. While TTC #2, it lengthened it a day each month until we hit 14DPO I think and then finally got our BFP. It also lengthened while TTC #3, we added a day each time, though I guess it's hard to say if that was the B6 or time doing it's thing too.

Good luck!
Lilypie Pregnancy tickers
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Registered: 06-01-2004
Fri, 01-27-2012 - 4:01am
Hello and welcome again :) I agree with Wahine - my LP was varied from baby to baby and certainly was affected by how much nursing was going on. My first PPAF after #1 was really on an anovulatory bleed so no LP at all. After that it probably took at least 3 or 4 cycles for it to get to even 10 days. After baby #2 I think it was similar. You could try to take some vitamin B complex (either 50 or 100) to try and lengthen it - I also found a calcium/magnesium supplement helped a lot. The amount of prolactin in your system is definitely going to mess with your cycle lengths for a bit so don't be surprised that your body is doing different things - but don't worry - it will find it's rhythm again with some time - and maybe a bit of help :) I always took my vitex from AF to O and then sometimes for a few days after O at 1/2 dose. Definitely stopped then until AF arrived or finally - my BFP!
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Registered: 01-24-2012
Fri, 01-27-2012 - 6:59am
Thanks for your info girls. Gosh, it really is frustrating waiting to get "in gear". I love BF but I am really tempted to wean. My grand mother had her last baby at 37 (normal vaginal birth) and never got AF back. My doc has said that having early menopause in the family increases my risk of it too. It's so hard to balance what's best all around for my family. We really want more than one child! I dream of tandem nursing but perhaps that's all it is, a dream. I've got some serious thinking to do.