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Recovery and returning periods

I am gaining weight after being extremely underweight for a long time and had finally gotten my period back. I had lost it during the time of my extreme weight loss and was excited to get it back. After initially getting my period i thought that everything would go back to normal but quickly realized that I would continue spotting through the month. I would have my period and then it would stop then a week or so later I would be spotting again and this has been happening for the past couple months. I was wondering if this was normal when trying to return to a healthy weight or if I should see a professional because of my frequent and irregular bleeding


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