Getting Pregnant After Birth

Getting Pregnant After Birth

The birth of their first child is one of the most cherished moments in a life of a couple. While some fresh parents are not so thrilled after seeing their routine turned upside down by the newborn and wait for several years before offering it a little brother or sister, others cannot wait so long for the moment when they welcome their second baby. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Thus, many women want to find out how soon they can start to conceive after they have had their first baby, what obstacles can come in the way of this process and how they can be avoided. Here is a list containing 4 of the most useful things to know, if you consider the possibility of getting pregnant soon after birth.

Breastfeeding and getting pregnant

Breastfeeding is a method of natural contraception, and if you nourish your baby with maternal milk for several months, you will most probably not be able to conceive again during all this period. The scientific explanation of this fact stands in the high amount of prolactine secreted by your body during the lactation period.

This is a hormone that plays an important role in preventing ovulation, when it is present in higher than normal values in your body. Once you stop breastfeeding your child, you know you are ready to conceive again if you notice the signs of ovulation and your menstruation returns.

Post-partum bleeding

As soon as you give birth, several changes occur in your body. One of the most important is the post-partum bleeding, a process that takes from 3 to 8 weeks to complete. The flow is abundant in the first few days after the baby is born, but its quantity decreases as time passes. When the post-partum bleeding stops, it is a sign that your uterus is completely healed. This is also an indication that you can start thinking about getting pregnant after birth.

Post-partum check up

The six week check-up is very important for a woman who gives birth, so you must not skip it. This is the right moment for you, your partner and the doctor to evaluate all options, and to establish if you are ready to conceive right away. You must undergo a detailed physical examination, for the doctor to see the state of the uterus and the rest of the reproductive system.

Sexual intercourse

How soon your sexual life can be resumed is another important aspect you need to take into account. Usually, sexual intercourse is forbidden during the period of post-partum bleeding. In most cases, the recommended period for abstinence is around six weeks. Of course, if the doctor gives you permission, you can start your sexual activity earlier.

If you are trying to get pregnant again after just giving birth, it is very important to keep the abovementioned in mind.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.