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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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  • GratefulDead

     I am 37 years old, just found out i am pregnant. I have three wonderful boys, with one man we were together 13 years but split when my youngest was 7 months old. I am now living with a man and been together for three years. The thing is i am scared about it having another child, and being the only parent to care for it. I love the man i am with, but he works long hours and is gone for weeks at a time. What am i to do raise this child alone, one day i was browsing on the internet i saw DR SAMBOL, drsamblspelltemple@gmail.com, testimony saying that he help people when do can’t get pregnant, and people that don’t have any child that are looking for i quickly took the his email and contact him for help after doing what he ask me to do thing change and that day i got my self back again and i was having enough power and every thing went through. So i contact me friend that live in NYC she has be married for 12 years but no child, to my best surprise my friend that was childless for the past 12 years was pregnant oh my God thank you DR SAMBOL drsambolspelltemple@gmail.com for the kindness.

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  • Tammie

    It has been one year since Jaime was born and died. I am 40 now and I am afraid I will never have another pregnancy. Looking for reassurance.

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    First of all, I am sorry for your loss. Conceiving in your 40′s can be quite tough than trying in your 30′s but it is not impossible. The first thing you should do is visit your doctor for a preconception checkup to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy. Also, it would help if you take prenatal vitamins that had folic acid and B vitamins as it helps prevent miscarriage and birth defects which women conceiving in their 40′s have a higher risk for.

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  • marlene

    I just has my baby a month ago and I have had unprotected sex twice. I want to know the chances of me being pregnant. I started having intercourses with my husband three weeks postpartum.

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  • shannon

    When will the HCG level go down after having a baby ? I am not sure if i am or not i had sex twice before my six week check up so if i am or was pregnant wouldn`t my midwife know when she done my exam

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  • mayra

    Hey I just had my baby on Oct.29 and we had sex on Dec.7 and he pulled out but when he pulled out their was cum already coming…. Is their any chance I could be pregnant again…. Cause out of no where I’m really hungry I don’t know if it’s because my body is going back to normal ……??????

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  • rae rae

    I had a baby 12 days ago and had sex a few times what are the chances of me being pregnant again if the sperm got in mec

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  • Shaina

    Hi, i had my baby boy 8 almost 9 months ago, and about a month ago my boyfriend and i had sex and the condom broke, i took a pregnancy a couple of days later and it said neg, since then i have had light bleeding, but it only lasted a day, i dont get my period as i’m breastfeeding, and then just a couple of weeks ago we had sex again and another condom broke, and i’ve been feeling sick, lower back pain always tired, and have certain food cravings. I was wondering what the chances are of being pregnant as i’m not sure whether its just my body going back to normal from my last pregnancy or if its early pregnancy symptoms? please help!

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  • Shaina

    Hi, i had my baby boy 8 almost 9 months ago, and about 2 months ago my boyfriend and i had sex and the condom broke, i took a pregnancy a couple of days later and it said neg, since then i have had light bleeding, but it only lasted a day, i dont get my period as i’m breastfeeding, and then just a couple of weeks ago we had sex again and another condom broke, and i’ve been feeling sick, lower back pain always tired, and have certain food cravings. I was wondering what the chances are of being pregnant as i’m not sure whether its just my body going back to normal from my last pregnancy or if its early pregnancy symptoms? please help!

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  • noor hanis

    I would like to ask.i have bby 5month already..but he was prem bby…and my period didnt come almost 2month..but during SI my husband using condom..how many percentage that I might be pregnant..I not breastfeed my bby.

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  • Joanne Cruz

    ..is it possible that i would be got pregnant after 6 weeks gave birth …my husband did not released any sperm inside my vagina…you know??..is it safe or not..??

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  • lou

    had my baby last dec. 12 2013..a month after we have had unprotected sex.and has not had my period back..and done 3 negative urine pregnancy test..till now my period has not back..and fully breastfed bmy baby..

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  • olivia

    am pregnant!and my baby is four months old!i hope it will not cause any problem because am stll breastfeeding.i never expeted it so eaarly cos my period did come.please i need some tipps

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  • olivia

    i mean my period did not show up

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  • Kristin

    Had my little girl 3 months ago, and was out on Nora-BE. I’ve tried to take it at the same time every day, however, some days I take it a little later or earlier (no more than 2 hours) Than I usually take it. I am concerned I may be pregnant again. When should I take a pregnancy test and should I stop the pill or keep taking it?

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  • Maria Andrea Flowerz

    It has been one month and a week since my daughter passed away. I.was wondering if it’s a bad to get pregnant again so soon,as me and my husband are actually trying again because I read that it’s bad getting pregnant so soon because you have to let your body heal. My question is is it a bad or good idea to try so soon??

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  • Sheleda M. Groves

    I lost my little girl on 18May2014 to stillbirth & we want to get pregnant right away, also. I’ll be 45 yrs. old & I have high blood pressure that is safely being controlled & the medication works wonderfully for the pregnancy.

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  • April Good

    Has anyone answered if u can get pregnant after having her im just asking cuz I just had my little girl annabell and she was a stillborn baby as well we want to try again asap plz let me know im only 28 years old and no health problems

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  • diablacc

    What’s the name of the blood pressure pill that works while pregnant?

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  • Kara marie

    If I just had a baby 6 weeks ago and me and my husband had unprotected sex etc and maybe pregnant when should I take a pregnancy test? I haven’t even had a period since I have birth so i don’t know when to take a test

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  • clarissaaa cali mariee

    I delivered an angel baby 6 weeks ago and had sex at 3 weeks and I’m spotting now could I be pregnant again I’m kinda scared

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  • jasmine

    Does breast feeding lower your chances of getting pregnant?

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  • Audrey

    4 weeks postpartum (5th pregnancy-4th child) had unprotected sex without ejaculation in vagina (pulled out). Two days past intercourse, sharp stabbing pain lower left side of pelvic area and light spotting combined with egg white consistency discharge. Spotting has stopped but egg white substance still appears when wiping. Sharp cramping stabbing pain continues sporadically. Could this just be normal process after having baby or possibly pregnant? (With other postpartum times there was plenty of time before having sex again).

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  • newmommie

    I had sex 2 weeks after giving birth. I am breastfeeding but also supplementing at times with formula. Can I get pregnant and how soon will I know if I am?

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  • Pasha

    i had my baby on 17/07/2014 unfortunatley she passed away 6 days later (RSD) i feel lost and empty. however as soon as i got the OK to have intercourse i was at it again. i really want to be a mum… so yesterday i got this cramp thats on and off, no blood but brownish discharge. i took a pregnancy test and it was negative…. what could this be?

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  • Pasha

    hi, sorry about your loss. i believe that things will work out for you. fingers crossed.

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  • Pasha

    i read in so many places that the first three weeks are a good time coz a woman is very fertile. two months is still ok. so i guess i wish you luck. go ahead if your doc has given u the ok.

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  • isa

    Its been two months since i give birth on july 2014
    And from this two months I’ve only got my period
    One week of august and I’ve been having white creamy discharge
    And,im still not on a,birth control.could i,be pregnant?

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  • janet

    hi i just had a baby and i had sex after 3 weeks and im breast feeding my lil one and i wanted to know if i can get pregnant?
    or can i be pregnant?

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  • alisha

    Hi im not sure how old this all is but I do have a question andbkay no judgment I have issues with using condoms so my husband and I begin our include unprotected and I know this is to much info but I will make sure he pre comes before we start also but anyways yes unproductive sex at the beginning and in the middle of us doing our thing we will then use a condom what our my chances Overton pregnant im just now 6 weeks post partum from having our 5th baby amd really would prefer not having another lol

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  • bree

    On September 2nd I gave birth to my babygirl at 22 weeks , she passed away minutes after birth…. well when I was 2 weeks postpartum which was September 17 me and my fiance had unprotectedsex , when can i take a test , how likely is it for me to get pregnant?

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  • Alexis

    Online it says that before the 21st day after pregnancy you cannot get pregnant. Today is my 21st day and if I were to have intercourse can I still become pregnant?

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  • sara

    I had twins and I got preterm labour. …my daughter died in the womb and my son died after three days. ….now I want to combat my loss ASAP. ….I’m 22 year old and had my lmp on 3rd September. …

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  • jacquelyn

    Okay I had a baby on the fourth of July 14, and I had one period after I stopped bleeding back in early august. I had sex in early September and I hadn’t had my period and it’s early October. The day after I had sex I had a large amount of clear mucus discharge. It had no smell.. then I’vehad sextwice after..what are the chances I can be pregnant? I took a test and it was negative but I hadn’t had a period I’m 34 days late.

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  • jacquelyn

    I’m so sorry

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  • Britt

    I just had my baby in July and I think I had a period a few days ago, and it lasted for a few days like usual I have always had irregular periods. And my husband and I had sex and he did not pull out is it possible I mite be pregnant? I been feeling cramps and a little nauseous and bloated and very moody

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  • TD

    I need the same question answer!

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  • Sam

    Hi doctor ….my periods date was on 8 October I missed that date….taken test on 10 came back negative for pregnancy and again taken test on 21 October came back negative I recently had baby around 5 months ago….n I had 2 continues periods

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  • lazareno

    Did you ever get answer? I just gave birth 6 weeks ago and I want to try without any protection, with him just pulling out but Im scared of the chances of another pregnancy.

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  • Sumaria Khan

    I had get pragnant again aftr 5 weeks of c section
    I dont want to be mom again
    What should I do

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  • jacquelyn

    It’s now 57 days

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  • Strawberry

    I also gave birth to a stillborn last august 2014, now I wanted to get pregnant as soon as possible.

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  • baygirl

    My son will be 7 months on 11/5 and me and my boyfriend had sex a couple of times unprotected recently and I was wondering if I have a greater chance of getting pregnant since I did just have my son?

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  • lydia

    Hi I had my son on the 29th september but I had u protected sex once last week could it be possible im pregnant

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  • Crater

    Can yu breastfeed and take a plan b on step?

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  • Nita

    I just had sex like 2 days ago and my boyfriend came in me but I’m pumping occasionally not bfeeding could I be pregnant.

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  • cassie

    I had my son 1 month ago and ive had unprotected sex since then what are the chances i could be pregnant again already?

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  • tianna

    You’re stupid. How are babies made? Ok.

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