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Chances of Getting Pregnant Soon After Giving Birth

on Feb 02, 2013

by Alyssia Granger

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Chances of Getting Pregnant Soon After Giving Birth

Some doctors say that the first few months following giving birth are one of the most fertile times for a woman.

Many women think that having a baby means that you are “immune” from getting pregnant for a few weeks or even months afterwards. However, this is actually not the case at all. Did you know that a woman can become pregnant as soon as two to three weeks after giving birth, even if she has not yet had a period? Some doctors say that the first few months following giving birth are one of the most fertile times for a woman. There are, however, a few different things that will determine just how fertile a woman is after giving birth. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Breastfeeding as birth control

If a woman is breastfeeding, generally speaking, it is highly unlikely that she will get pregnant. If a woman is solely breastfeeding, and her periods have not returned to normal yet, breastfeeding in and of itself can be around 98 percent effective as birth control. As a baby gets older, and begins to eat less frequently, as well as beginning to supplement with other foods, a woman’s periods will slowly start to return to normal. As a woman’s periods begin to return to normal, she will begin to be able to get pregnant again. At this point, it is a good idea for her to start using another form of birth control.

A very fertile time

If a woman is not solely breastfeeding, it is important for her to make sure to be on some form of birth control pretty much right away. The time after giving birth is a very fertile time, and women should make sure that they are having protected sex. For most women, regaining full fertility takes a few months if she is not breastfeeding. Of course, there is no way to tell when each woman will regain her fertility. It is very important to make sure that you use birth control after giving birth, unless you want to have “Irish twins,” or children born 12 months apart or under.

Things to remember

Most women do not realize that whether or not they have a C-section or a vaginal delivery, it is possible to get pregnant right after giving birth. Although most women wait to get the all clear from their doctor at their six week check-up, it doesn’t always happen that way. And any time sex happens, there is a chance for getting pregnant. For more information on getting pregnant after pregnancy, talk with your doctor.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • kristy

    i had a still birth on Nov 7 @ 38weeks & 3 days. two weeks later my hubby and i had unprotected sex but now i have been bleeding for almost 10 days.. is this my first cycle or did i harm something? Is it possible that im pregnant

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  • khen

    my wife is already 4 months after giving birth. is she become pregnant easily? she is a breast feeding

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  • hannah

    I’m a woman of 23 years of age and i had giving birth 2 months age and i had sex with my partner ! is it possible for to get pregnant

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  • hannah

    I’m a woman of 23 years of age and i had giving birth 2 months age and i had sex with my partner ! is it possible for to get pregnant? i need answer to my question

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  • victoria

    I am 29yrs, and Its been 13 days now since I lost my baby 7hours after delivery, she is sopose to be my 3rd child, the space between the her and the older brother is 5yrs 6mnts, my family have tried all they can for me to get over it but I cant. Someone sugested that the easiest way for me to forget is to immidiately get pregnant again. Please, can I realy become pregnant right now? Is it safe for me? Wont there be any complication? And is there any tendency that I might still have thesame sex (girl)?

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  • Kilara Geoffrey Owor

    I have postnatal mother who has just given birth five weeks ago, is it posible for me to have unprotected sex?

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  • lyn

    My blood start june 7 after finish my blood when i should sex my husband because I really what to get pregnant again.

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  • Sasha

    I had sex exactly 3 weeks after having my baby. What are the chances that I could get pregnant? Also I am exclusively breastfeeding … but I did not use any form of birth control. Should I go ahead and take plan B or probably this one time will not get me pregnant? ? Thank you

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  • whitegirl

    I feel terrible for you.
    What did you end up doing in this situation?

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  • whitegirl

    My heart breaks for you. Did you end up getting pregnant again?

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  • rose fuentes

    Hi! I am a new mother.just gave birth last july 19,2015 by a c-section delivery. And after a month of giving birth, me and my husband had an unprotected sex. And my husband did release the thing inside me. Is there any possibility that I will get pregnant by this time? Please help. It really bothers me.thank you

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  • Khai

    I delivered my first child last March 2015, I am worried to check if I am pregnant again because its too early . I am 5days delayed from my period. without checking it first I am very worried and depressed because I don’t know what will I do if Im positive :(

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  • amyllia

    I am in the same exact situation and want to know the same but can’t see her comments I do not breastfeed either I had sex multiple times unprotected and have my baby girl just the fourth of this month as soon as we has sex I stopped bleeding allege way the nest day and went from kinda heavy to spitting only hours after

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  • Ashley Allen

    I just gave birth to my son a month ago, and my husband and I had unprotected sex. Are my chances super high to get pregnant? I rather not take the plan b pill. But, should I?

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  • kizzy

    can i get preg. again. I gave birth to son on june 2015 and he is 5 mos today. for the last month i been only having brown to pink spotting. all my testes been negative. do my period have to come back inorder to conieve

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  • Kelly S. Cano

    So my son is 3 weeks old now and I have stopped breastfeeding for 2 weeks now. My bf and I had sex twice on this third week, pulling out. Just wondering my chances of another pregnancy…

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  • cameo

    Hi, I had a baby Oct 6, she was perfectly fine, and the most amazing baby I could have ever asked for. On Nov.4 my little girl passed away. My husband and I are getting through it. We have been having unprotected sex, because we want another child. But when I took both pregnancy tests they came back neg.?? I am not bleeding, I didn’t breastfeed, and I don’t have any symptoms of being pregnant. Could I be pregnant?? Please help!!

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  • Stacie

    I am 21 and my baby was still born, my husband had cum on his fingers and put them in me 2 weeks post partum, could I be pregnant again?

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  • surya bhujel

    we have a doughter of 4 months, but we have had sexual intercourse yesterday without any safe ways. is it possible to my wife have pregnent?

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  • melly

    I had unprotected sex at 6 weeks post and he finished inside.. I’m breastfeeding.. my baby is now 7 weeks.. I have my I’d app in a week.. will my Dr be able to tell me if I’m pregnant??

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  • Angelica

    I’m 2 months postpartum and had unprocted sex. What can I do so I don’t become pregnant?

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  • Fide

    After having a baby how long does it take have your period … Cause I have a 5 moth baby and I haven’t had my period …. And what are the risks of having another baby .. Can it be positive ??

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  • Rubie

    Hi girls im 4 week postpartum and Saturday night me & my partner had protected sex but when we were done he took the condum off and it had a little tiny hole where it was bearly wet like drops coming out. I’m scared that I might be pregnant again & I don’t want that to happen . any help or answers please.

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  • Ashley Shrub

    Taking the pregnancy test a few days after will always have a negative result. It takes time for the gestation to happen and it takes time for the pg levels in your body to change (which is how pregnancy tests work)

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  • Ashley Shrub

    I just want to mention that I am in the same aituation, I’m a little younger but I just gave birth to my first son Jasper two months ago yesterday. He was born without kidneys, causing poor lung development. He died almost an hour after I gave birth. My partner and I are hoping to give him a younger sibling, we’ve been trying everything I too wonder if it’s possible for us to conceive again.

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  • ennaira

    hellow there. this is my first asking here.
    please help me. im very worried if im pregnant again. i give birth to my first baby last decembe 28 2015. Then after giving birth. i have a red blood until firstweek of february 2016. after that, i still dont have menstruation.
    and i have sex last night (february 8 2016) and ny husband finish the sperm inside my body. he didnt withdraw it.
    so i go to the restroom and fishing and wash. in the morning. i see my panty is wet. its like a water with small white jelly.
    CAN I GOT PREGNANT AGAIN?
    im very worried if i got pregnant again. because my baby are still baby. its very hard to take care alone the baby. and i also need to take my husband. i really love them. if i got pregnant again. what will i do. im not prepared. and i dont want someone take care my baby. i really want to be mother for my baby and i dont want helper. so im very worried.

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  • ennaira

    hellow there. this is my first asking here.
    please help me. im very worried if im pregnant again. i give birth to my first baby last decembe 28 2015. Then after giving birth. i have a red blood until firstweek of february 2016. after that, i still dont have menstruation.
    and i have sex last night (february 8 2016) and ny husband finish the sperm inside my body. he didnt withdraw it.
    so i go to the restroom and fishing and wash. in the morning. i see my panty is wet. its like a water with small white jelly.
    CAN I GOT PREGNANT AGAIN?
    im very worried if i got pregnant again. because my baby are still baby. its very hard to take care alone the baby. and i also need to take my husband. i really love them. if i got pregnant again. what will i do. im not prepared. and i dont want someone take care my baby. i really want to be mother for my baby and i dont want helper. so im very worried.

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  • Jessica

    My LO is 4 1/2 months old. My husband and I are using the pull-out method. I am formula feeding and my husband and I had sex and he pulled out. How likely is it to get pregnant if he is pulling out? (Just out of sheer curiosity)

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  • mzblack

    Do not try to play russian roulette, there is a possibility that you will get pregnant. You are very fertile after you have a baby. Your insides still haven’t had enough time to heal. Thats why they tell you to wait until your six week check up and at that point is when you should know what kind of birth control you will be using because your still very fertile and your body still needs that time to heal, so unless you are planning to have another baby, I would highly recommend that you use protection at all times until you figure out what your prrminant method of birth control will be.

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  • yuri

    I’m 5 weeks pp I delivered my baby boy at 28.3 days (stillborn) I had sex at 2 weeks pp I was hardly bleeding anymore and we’ll it’s been 3 weeks since and I’m having bad cramps and no bleeding or spotting it’s just like very light pink when I wipe ….. help ?

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  • Michelle

    Took a test and it’s positive, had my son 9 weeks early (3 months ago) I was breastfeeding and pumping but have stopped due to lack of milk production. Biggest down fall for me still trying to not worry about that, but what is the likely hood of getting pregnant so soon? I haven’t pumped in maybe 2 weeks but it’s been maybe 3 weeks that my production has gone down.

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  • Becky Moody

    I’m 8 weeks pp of my angel baby with similar symptoms. Did you end up pregnant?

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  • Amanda Sanders

    I just had a baby hes 2 months 1wk and 3day, I had stopped breastfeeding a little over a month ago even then I supplemented before we got out of the hospital, I hadn’t ever been able to breastfeed exclusivley, I had a period April 17 when he turned 2 months it lasted bout 4-5 days, I had unprotected sex at 2:00 am this morning, with the breastfeeding Even though I breastfed is it possible to be pregnant, not on birth control, it really doesn’t matter if I am just need to know. Thank you

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  • Shantal

    Shantal
    I gave birth to my son a month ago but unfortunately i lost him four days after he was born….. am now feeling confuse and miserable, life seem impossible with out him. Is it safe to get pregnant right away?

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  • Christian

    I had my Angel baby April 6th 2016 lost him two hours after dry birth he had kidney obstruction disorder and he had potter’s syndrome so it’s been a little bit over a month and i want to try again when is the best time to get pregnant again???

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  • Christian

    He’s my second pregnancy he has a sister she will be 2 July 23rd and this will be my 3rd pregnancy and i plan it being my last

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  • Prïñçeßß Yàññà

    Hi I have a question I just give birth 4 months ago with a c section surgery and I haven’t heal fully yet but I was having sex without protection and at the 4 months my breast hurts and my period comes at the end of the month but it change it hasn’t come as yet but I just want to know if that’s a sign of being pregnant again?

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  • Sophia

    I am concerned about something i am right now 23 years old and i had my son at 21 years old after i gave birth to him i had sex a week after and it concerned me if i am not be able to get pregnant again since i had sex after giving birth bc we do want another baby

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  • Kimberly Horne

    My name is kimberly me and my husband have a almost two year old and are planning to get my Marina iud taken out in August of this year I’m I’m kinda scared bc I was told my next baby would most likely have to be a c section how soon after having my iud out can I expect that first positive test?

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  • Emily

    I had a baby 3 months ago and got the depo 2 weeks having her how likely is it that I could be pregnant?

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  • Alexis

    I just had a baby 5 weeks ago. Last week I had unprotected

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  • Alexis

    I just had a baby 5 weeks ago. Last week I had unprotected sex twice. But prior to that I douched. What are the positbilities of me getting pregnant?

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  • Lucero

    Hi everyone , I had my baby on June 15, he passed away on July 1st , I had him very early at 23 weeks and 5 days , me and my husband just started having sexual relationships about a week ago and on Sunday we had sex and the condom ripped , I’m really scared because they told me to wait 2-3 years to get pregnant again considering that my body had to recover since it was very weak , I just want to if , I’m pregnant what should I do to make this pregnancy go the best it can or if the Plan B will work after 2 days in a half , I’m really not trying to go through the same thing as I did with my last pregnancy , thank you in advance to everyone

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