Does Breastfeeding Affect Your Cervical Mucus?

Does Breastfeeding Affect Your Cervical Mucus?

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Cervical mucus and breastfeeding

If you are breastfeeding, chances are you recently had a baby. You probably know a little bit about cervical mucus from trying to conceive. You most likely already know that egg white cervical mucus is best for conceiving, and you probably have already learned how to chart your cervical mucus to know when you are most likely ovulating. But, how does breastfeeding affect your cervical mucus? Read on to find out more. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Returning to normal

After having a baby, your body doesn’t resume ovulation and menstruation right away. Sometimes, if you are breastfeeding, you will not ovulate or get your period until you stop breastfeeding for an extended period of time, such as during the night.

However, once your body begins to return to normal, you will probably start to notice that familiar egg white cervical mucus return again. This is a sign that your body’s processes are beginning to return to normal and that your period is probably on it’s way soon! Keep an eye out for that egg white cervical mucus that you have become familiar with over the course of your conception!

It can take time

If you are not ovulating yet and your body is still working on getting back to normal, chances are that you probably won’t notice very much cervical mucus. This means that your body is still in that transition stage from giving birth to getting back to normal.

This process can take a few weeks, or up to six months in some cases. If you have any worries about your ovulation and periods returning to normal, feel free to ask your doctor and get some advice. However, be aware that most moms report their ovulation returning to normal at around 3-4 months postpartum. This is not a rule, of course, and your ovulation might return sooner or later than this.

Make sure to consider birth control

New moms often report that they were very much aware of when their ovulation was returning to normal, since the increase of egg white cervical mucus is sometimes very noticeable and hard to ignore. Remember that even if you don’t know that your ovulation is returning, it can sneak up on you, and this means that you can get pregnant.

Make sure that you are using some form of birth control if you think that you might be ovulating. Your doctor can help you decide on a good form of birth control based on your specific personal needs.

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Monica Scott, BS, RN
Monica Scott, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.