If you have read my posts before, then you’ll know I gave birth last October. I know I probably sound like a broken record but this relates to my post, I promise.
Pregnancy was fun, one of the best things about being pregnant was not having periods. Of course there were other things I loved about being pregnant and things I hated but I am just going to focus on periods for today. I hate periods, I mean who doesn’t though? They are not fun at all, require spending money on products and most likely comfort food. Then there is the discomfort, the pain and the emotions. Basically it’s 12 weeks a year of mess. Yet we are stuck with it because that’s just mother nature.
When I was younger I had to come home from school because I was that ill from being on my period. It didn’t really seem to get better, just something to dread each month. Then I started the pill and the pain got better but I couldn’t handle the emotional wave I was going through on the pill. Which of course lead to more pain each month, but thankfully not as much as the pain previously.
Then hey I got pregnant and had relief from the pain for a whopping 9 months, ah bliss (to some extent). But of course starting periods again was a terrifying thought and one of the things I was dreading. So far I have had 3 and they have been different to what I expected so I thought I would share what each has been like.
Period No.1 – Mid December
All I could think about was when the pain was going to happen. Considering I hadn’t had a period in 9 months I was expecting a build up of 9 months worth of periods. The first day I started I was just bleeding. I was confused because it just happened and I didn’t get any pre-cramp warning. It had been a while since my last one but I always got the pre-cramp warning. A day or two later I was still bleeding but without the pain, which just made me nervous for what was going to happen next. 5 days later I had stopped bleeding and successfully had a pain free period.
Period No.2 – Mid January
Ouch. This one hit me by surprise. There I was just minding my own business, when BAM! All the pain comes whooshing in in. It was early in the morning and the cramps were unlike ones I’d had in the past. I wouldn’t say they were worse than ones I’ve had before, just different. I guess they could have been described as similar to really bad trapped wind. Trapped wind mixed with period cramps, lovely right? This lasted all day and it was uncomfortable in any sort of position possible. The days after there was little to no pain. Bonus, this one was not as lengthy as the one the previous month.
Period No.3 – Mid February
Right on time, the regularity of these periods so far has been something to appreciate. This one started off good, the first day it was just bleeding. Then the pain came rushing in for a few hours the next day, the same pain as the second one but not as intense. This one was mostly bad emotionally the days before, not so much the pain.
Periods are bloody awful. Unpredictable, painful and pure evil. On a serious note, I do think that pregnancy has helped to relieve the pain to some extent. Obviously I’m not saying to get pregnant if you’re looking for some sort of period pain relief as that would be ridiculous. Everybody’s body works in different ways, so of course what has happened to me won’t be the same for everyone. To be honest, I thought that the periods would be all over the place, extremely painful, super lengthy and heavy. But so far I have been pleasantly surprised.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this topic. If you would like to share then please leave a comment below.