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Good News: Im Not Pregnant; Bad News: Guess How I Know?

Tampon

Hello, Tampon, my old friend

I know, I know. Don’t believe everything you read. Or every little piece of urban myth associated with getting pregnant, being pregnant, and having children that you hear from your mother/sister/girlfriend/in an Internet chat room.

But I went ahead and believed one little thing anyway: that thing about how you don’t get your period while you’re nursing.

Guess what? It’s not true. Guess how I know? Yup.

I got my period today for the first time in over 14 months.

I sort of thought I was ovulating a few weeks ago (I have two kids after 5 pregnancies; I really know when I’m ovulating). But I went ahead and chose to pretend I wasn’t anyway.

My baby is nearly 7 months old and has not had a drop of nothing else liquid but my breast milk in that time. I figured I wouldn’t start seeing red until after I finished nursing, which I was figuring would probably be around the 12-month mark.

Just the other day I was quietly musing about how nice it was that I haven’t thought about my period once since that time I notably missed it around early December, 2010. Like the corners of my mind . . .

Then this morning I was absentmindedly answering nature’s call when I, uh, noticed that some of the drops were not like the others.

Then this afternoon a trip to the pharmacy began necessary.

Damn you urban myths for going and getting my hopes up. Damn. Damn. Damn. Damn.

Did you get your period while you were still nursing, and did you also think you wouldn’t?

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