Back-to-Back Pregnancies

Samantha - posted on 06/10/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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I delivered my daughter, Alyssa, in January and less than 2 months later I started feeling like I was pregnant again. I bought a home pregnancy test and was blown away when it said positive. I went to the dr. on April 29th and found out that I was 6 weeks, 5 days along.

I am now 13 weeks pregnant and have spent the past couple of weeks reading about all the risks of having back-to-back pregnancies. I am a nervous wreck now. I'm terrified that something bad is going to happen. All the articles talk about is how dangerous it is for the mother and the baby.

I was just wondering if anyone else has been through this situation or if you have any encouraging words for me. They would be much appreciated.

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Sarah - posted on 06/11/2011

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Back to back pregnancies slightly raise the risk of complications, but only by a tiny amount. If you had a smooth pregnancy the first time around, you have no reason to worry. I am pregnant with my fourth in four years, and only with the last did I have any scares (and that was due to me overworking myself and becoming dehydrated, not because my babies are close in age.) My first was a teeny tiny 6lb 4oz chicken of a thing, and I was nervous the entire second pregnancy that I'd go into early labor, have an even smaller baby, etc. He ended up being induced, weighing 8lbs 13oz, and 21 3/4 inches long! My third, a girl, was even bigger, at 9lbs 4oz. All three are happy and healthy and (best of all) as close in spirit as in age!

Talk to your doctor about your concerns, and be reassured to know that you will be regularly checked for the issues that pose a threat to back-to-back pregnancies. Don't worry, but do stay tuned in to your body's needs. Be open with your partner and anyone else you have in your life; ask for help when you need it. Don't be ashamed to ask someone over to watch the LO so you can rest or take a warm bath. And if you are breastfeeding, you can continue to do so throughout the pregnancy, but if you start feeling abdominal cramping during or after nursing (you may feel this still, anyway, since your baby is only a few months old) check with your doc to make sure the stimulation isn't causing true contractions. Again, as long as you had a healthy first pregnancy, then you have no reason to fret. Relax, and enjoy this amazing time. :)

Laressa - posted on 07/14/2010

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My grandma had 5 children in just over 3 years.. 3 year old 2 year old 1 year old and twins!!! They are just fine altho some had a bit of a birth defect in thier hips due to my grandparents being related or something. But I dont think its because they were close together.

Maria - posted on 06/12/2010

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hey samantha! mine wont be as close as ur either. but i got pregnant when my son was almost 3 months old. so hell almost be 13 months when my daughters born. im about 6 months now and so far so good.



my Dr said that really the only risks are



1) pre-term labour. But he checked me and my cervix is completely closed, so i'm not as risk for that. and

2) anemia and such. Since we all just got done being prego, our bodies werent done replenishing all of our vitamins and nutrients. and new baby is going to take what he or she needs whether you have enough for yourself or not. So you have to make sure to keep on your vitamins and maybe take extra iron, and calcium!!

~I didn't take my vitamins for like a month and I was soooo low energy it was hard to take care of my son!

Chelle - posted on 06/11/2010

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my two are not as close as your two will be. they are 12 months apart. one born may 2009 and one born may 2010. i guess that is still classed as back to back pregnancies?? i only had one period before falling pregnant again.



good news is both my girls came at great gestations(1st 41w+4d and 2nd 39w+6d) and were good healthy weights(1st 8lb 5oz and 2nd 7lb 6oz). my pregnancy was not high risk and my second labour and birth was so easy because my body had only been thru it a little while ago. i do know that some risks are attached to having babies close together but im sure many women just like myself have had very healthy pregnancys and babies shortly after having a child.



my youngest is 15 days old now and ive gotta say im glad im not pregnant anymore and i wont be having anymore kids this close in age again lol. its hard work having 2 babies at different stages. and because you have an older baby to look after you dont have any time to recover from the birth lol. i wouldnt change it for the world tho!!! its great knowing that they will be so close to eachother when they grow up and will always have a friend to play with :)

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2011

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stop worrying yourself. just don't look into it. I had my kids 13 months apart. when my son was 3 months I got pregnant. unless you are older you will b just fine. it's fun having them so close in age!

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Janine - posted on 12/19/2012

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I am glad to hear that your back to back pregnancies have worked out for you, and that you and your babies are healthy. I have five kids, and am pregnant with my sixth one. The first three are spaced out, but 6 months after my third one, I was pregnant again. Then, after that, I had one three months later, and then three months later after that, I am pregnant now again with my sixth one. So, as you can see, mine are very close together.

My most recent labor was the worst that I had been through in my life, because they had to induce my labor, and I didn't dilate all the way until thirteen hours later. The worst pregnancies that I have had in my life, would have to be the last two, including this one.

The last two pregnancies that I had, I was so stressed out, and things were messed up financially. I also had the worst dizziness and faintness, and crazy things went on with my body with the last two. Sometimes, I feel like the floor is shifting/tilting underneath me, my extremities feel heavy a lot, and my body goes numb, and my left hand goes weak a lot.

I don't know if you can relate, but sometimes these symptoms do scare me, and I wonder if I am the only woman who has gone through this? Some of these symptoms even started not too long after I had my last child, and I wasn't even pregnant with the sixth one quite yet. I wonder if it is all pregnancy, or if there is something wrong with my nervous system, or maybe it was a lack of certain vitamins that caused these symptoms to linger so strongly into my last postpartum or what? I was also on an Ativan for my anxiety with my last postpartum, so maybe the medication could make things worse?



Best of luck to you and your family.
( I have five girls, and don't know yet if this is a girl again.)

I am a little over three months, and am 30 yrs old.

Take care.
P.S. Don't you think that It can be hard at times, to have that many kids that close in age?

Amanda - posted on 06/10/2011

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stop worrying yourself. just don't look into it. I had my kids 13 months apart. when my son was 3 months I got pregnant. unless you are older you will b just fine. it's fun having them so close in age!

Amanda - posted on 07/14/2010

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yeah i had my son leo in september of 2009 and i am due with twin girls in december of this year. leo will be a little over a year, im sure the twins will come around the end of october though, because 35 weeks is considered full term. i know its not the greatest thing to go through, but im sure your body can handle it. =) good luck

Bobbi - posted on 07/14/2010

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I found out in april i was pregnant with my 2nd child when my son was 6 months old. he turns one on Oct 19th and the baby will be born December 27th. theres a little bit of a age difference so i think ill manage the age diff just fine.

Alicia - posted on 06/21/2010

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i feel your pain. i got pregnant with my daughter when my son was 16 months and was considered high risk. according to my dr etting pregnant less than 18 months a[art was dangerous. my daughter is now four months (born feb 2) and i'm dues again in feb with my third. i haven't seen the dr yet, and i havent even read the dangers of getting pregnant this close together, but i'm still freaking out...

Samantha - posted on 06/12/2010

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the dr usually says not to fall preg so soon as u gota give ya body at least 1year to get back to normal as possible but im sure everything is going to b just fine talk to your dr or midwife if u have any questions

Jessica - posted on 06/12/2010

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My grandma had 6 kids in 8 years! Aside from the toll it takes on your body, I wouldn't let that other stuff freak you out.

Tina - posted on 06/12/2010

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just keep up with your vitamins and talk to your doctor about your fears. Many women have back to back pregnancies, and most of them have healthy happy babies. I was told to wait after my miscarriage, but got prego immediately after. I was definitely scared at first but I am 31 weeks and me and the baby are doing just fine :) so just hang in there... don't get yourself all freaked out. all that stuff your reading on the internet and such are the worse case senarios and aren't what happens to every female in that situation. Like I said, talk to your doctor or nurse about your fears so they can help you through it all. hugs to you :)

Aicha - posted on 06/12/2010

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I have a 8 month old daughter and just found out I am pregnant i am only 4 weeks along and I pray all goes well I am a high risk pregnancy due to being born with a heart condition

Ashley - posted on 06/12/2010

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I just had my son in February and am expecting again. I am 11 weeks now so I know how you are feeling. I don't even want to read the risks and freak myself out lol. I'm just going day by day.

Natalie - posted on 06/11/2010

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hey! i have a 6 month old and im due with my second when she is 10 months old!!!!
i am a high risk pregnancy but thats due to the complications with my delivery of my daughter!
but i can tell you i am doing fine! i have a weak cervics and my uterise had not healed yet but to be honest i feel fantastic i just take things easy and no heavy lifting!
my new baby is perfect! compleatly healthy!
its really not recomended to fall so soon, so if any one was to plan it it might be a bit silly but for a accident you have to go with what life brings you stay positive, healthy and keep up with ur pregnancy vitamins!!! look after your self and new baby and of course ur little bundle of joy already born!
just relax dont stress! i have 16 weeks left and couldnt be happyer now! i was really scared at first with complications and my body not being in the best condition but i have made it this far now and cant wait for my new baby to arrive. u will be fine just look after your self :)
xoxo

Tina - posted on 06/12/2010

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just keep up with your vitamins and talk to your doctor about your fears. Many women have back to back pregnancies, and most of them have healthy happy babies. I was told to wait after my miscarriage, but got prego immediately after. I was definitely scared at first but I am 31 weeks and me and the baby are doing just fine :) so just hang in there... don't get yourself all freaked out. all that stuff your reading on the internet and such are the worse case senarios and aren't what happens to every female in that situation. Like I said, talk to your doctor or nurse about your fears so they can help you through it all. hugs to you :)

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