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Melissa - posted on 02/03/2016 ( 4 moms have responded )

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I just recently had my daughter 5 weeks ago and ive been having unprotected sex a number of times with my boyfriend and I havent got my period yet. How can I tell if im pregnant again?

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Raye - posted on 02/03/2016

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Yes, you should talk to your doctor. They may have to wait a few weeks for an accurate test result, but you should start using protection if you have sex, just in case.

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Melissa - posted on 02/03/2016

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I havent been breast feeding and im not sure how soon a doctor can tell. I will discuss it with her on my appointment. Thank you so much

Raye - posted on 02/03/2016

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Melissa, you have been engaging in very risky behavior. You really needed to give your body time to heal before you started having sex again (most doctors recommend waiting until after the 6 week check-up before resuming sex). It could lead to infection, slower healing, etc. Then, you should have been using protection to avoid getting pregnant again so soon. Your body has been through a lot with one pregnancy, and back-to-back pregnancies (aka Irish Twins) put you at greater risk of complications.

After giving birth, your hormones are out of whack and there's no telling when you could begin ovulating again. Ovulation typically occurs around 2 weeks before your period, and your first ovulation after giving birth could occur in as little as 3 weeks. So you could get pregnant again and not have a period. If you've been breastfeeding, then that can temporarily stop ovulation and you might not get your period back for a while. But it's not a reliable method of birth control because you could begin ovulating again at any time, so you should still use protection against pregnancy.

If you've been having unprotected sex, talk to your doctor about how to tell if you are pregnant again. If you are pregnant... keep in communication with your doctor to be on the lookout for complications and birth defects.

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