just gave birth when can i be pregnant
Krista - posted on 07/03/2012
My obstetrician told me to wait at LEAST 9 months between giving birth and getting pregnant again. He said that otherwise my nutrient stores would be depleted and I'd run the risk of a low birthweight baby, or one with health issues. You owe it to every child you have to not start them off with a disadvantage. So wait for 9 months, eat healthfully, take your vitamins, and then if you get pregnant, you'll be able to give that baby your best.
Sarah - posted on 07/03/2012
It is recommended to wait AT LEAST a year, some will even say 2 years because your body needs time to physically heal and your hormones need time to re-regulate to ensure a healthy pregnancy. This is even more important if you had a C-Section. You could technically get pregnant any time, however, so birth control is very important during this time. Many women will experience a period of infertility, however, if they are breastfeeding due to the hormones (for around 6 months, may be longer). I'd really encourage you to wait though. Focus on healing your body, taking care of your new baby, learning to breastfeed (if that's your choice), creating a bond with your new baby. Relish in the joy of motherhood before you rush to get pregnant again because it can be very difficult when you have a young one and are pregnant again (my son was 14m when I "accidentally" became pregnant again - 22m when she was born) and especially when you have one running around and another who is fresh.
Louise - posted on 07/03/2012
I agree with Jodi, For a healthy pregnancy give your body chance to recover and wait at least 6 months. You have no idea how tired you are going to get doing night feeds for 6 months, then your child will learn to crawl and you never get to sit down for a minute. Raising children is exhausting. Give yourself a break and have a rest before having another.
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