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The dreaded AF

18 Mar

I’m going to go ahead and put a disclaimer on the top of this post. For all the men out there that do not want to read about womenly things you might want to move on right about now…

I have not had the pleasure of being visited by Aunt Flo since my last period before I became pregnant with my son. It has been 24 months since my period. I sincerely wish this was a great thing.

Before I had my son I had horrible horrible periods. My whole body would cramp down to the soles of my feet. I would feel nauseous, light-headed, and generally awful for about 2 days. That was the only good thing for me – they were generally over rather quickly.

Since we are doing extended breastfeeding I have been one of the ‘lucky’ ones who has not had to deal with this for quite some time. Yes, during pregnancy you don’t expect it, and then for the first year after my son was born I welcomed it.

Now its getting old. I read somewhere (on one of my many Google rants – something I don’t recommend for anyone) that breastfeeding puts your body in a ‘premenopausal’ state. So that’s how they are classifying what is happening to my body right now? Since we reached the 12 month mark I’m fairly certain my body is trying to return its fertility but is mainly just in crazy mode. I frequently have hot flashes at random times during the day, nausea, my back cramps and I go through bouts of crazy physco PMS like moods. One minute I’m happy and the next I’m ready to throw things and check into a mental institution.

My mother nursed my brothers and I until we were one, so she has no advise to speak of when it comes to this. It seems as all of the forums chalk it up to fluctuating hormones and there is pretty much nothing that isn’t normal when it comes to that explanation. I’m not sure if I should laugh or cry. There are things you can take that are natural to regulate hormone levels, but they have not been evaluated for nursing mothers so its a take at your own risk – or rather at the risk of your infant – which is not an option.

So I will continue to spout crazy nonsense until I am once again blessed with the monthly cycle that at least comes with a ‘crazy woman ahead’ disclaimer.