My daughter is 16 months still nursing and with the return of my cycle my hubby n I have started to try to conceive again, my question is while still nursing can I get pregnant?
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April - posted on 09/05/2011
You won't know until you start trying. Every woman is different. Some women get pregnant without having a period, others can't get pregnant until they wean. Still others get their periods, but don't ovulate (called anaovuluatory cycles) while they are nursing. I believe I am in that last category. My son is almost 3 and nurses just for when he is ready to go to sleep (nap, bedtime, and whenever he wakes in the night). It amounts to about 2 or 3 times in a 24 hour period. Apparently it's enough to prevent ovulation in MY body. Your body (hopefully) will be a different story!!
Since you are still nursing, your cycles could very well be irregular for a time. Even if you ARE ovulating, you also still need a luteal phase (time from ovulation to start of period) of 13-14 days. I've recently gotten my cycles back, but even though I am ovulating I would not be able to sustain a pregnancy because my luteal phase is currently about 7 days.
Bernadette - posted on 09/11/2011
yes you can. If you have your cycle back, then there is a good chance you are ovulating, therefore you can get pregnant. As someone else pointed out, it is possible to have a period and not actually be ovulating, but an ovulation test will clear this up. If you don't know what this is, it is a test you can buy at the chemist, similar to a pregnancy test. You use it every day for a week, starting about a week after your last period and when the two lines come up, it lets you know you are ovulating. If you only get one line then it's possible you're not ovulating yet. I was still breast feeding my first when I got pregnant with my second, and used the ovulation tests to know when I was ovulating to increase our chances. I got pregnant on the third cycle.
Anna - posted on 09/05/2011
Some women can't get pregnant while breastfeeding, any stimulation at all at the breast holds off their period, but starting your period is a good sign that you will be fertile again soon. Sometimes there are a few transitional cycles where you have a period but do not ovulate, but I would think you would be ovulating and able to conceive soon.
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