could i be pregnant again 7 weeks after having giving birth?

Kale - posted on 10/24/2012 ( 156 moms have responded )

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so gave birth 7 and a half weeks ago and am breastfeeding. i thought that you dont get your period if your breastfeeding well I had some spotting two days ago that only lasted a day. I also have been having unprotected sex with my husband. so could it have been an implantation bleed? i got a blood test yesterday for my birth control i will get tomorrow(implanon). last year i got a blood test to see if i was pregnant...it came back negative but low and behold i ended up having my beautiful daughter. so now im worried the test will say negative when i really am pregnant again i just dont want to hurt this baby if i am pregnant and get the implanon tomorrow. im not sure if i should bring it up to my doctor help?

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Holly - posted on 10/24/2012

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um YES!!!!! I was pregnant, had my first baby, 11months and 2 weeks later gave birth to my second.. REGARDLESS of whether you are breast feeding or not, you can DEFINITELY get pregnant!!!!! get ready for bundle of joy #2

~♥Little Miss - posted on 10/24/2012

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I cannot believe the doctor did not warn you about this. So many women are misinformed about BFing being a birth control. It isn't. you may not get your period right away, but you can ovulate at any time. Do not have any more unprotected sex until you get on whatever birth control you want. Use a condom in the meantime. Breastfeeding is NOT birth control. i am sorry your doctor neglected to tell you that.

CHRISTINE - posted on 10/25/2012

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Tori Spelling got pregnant 5-6 weeks post partum. It is a myth that you can not get pregnant when you are breastfeeding. Your body returns to it's normal cycle anywhere from 4-8 weeks after giving birth therefore you may be pregnant again if you have been sexually active. Breastfeeding is not birth control, that's an old wives tale. Best to take a pregnancy test to be sure. Good Luck. PS I am a nurse.

Amanda - posted on 10/25/2012

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Id let your dr know. My girls are 10 months apart( to the date!) Yes its " not fair to the new born" but you know what my girls are now 2 and 3 and are the best of friends. It can happen. And it is nicer when you can get rid of diapers and formula around the same time! Go with your gut and talk to your dr. Don't let people try telling you how wrong it is to have your children that close in age. YOU the mother deal with that not the person telling you it wrong. My girls got the same amount of attention(still do) if my eldest needed me while I breastfed her sister she would sit next to me and we would read, or do a puzzle...ext it can be done. :0)

Dawn - posted on 10/25/2012

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U are super fertile in the first few weeks or months after giving birth. Did your midwife not tell you this?

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Kale - posted on 11/13/2012

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update my monthly visitor has returned i never got implanon so all is well

Chianti - posted on 11/13/2012

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my daughter was 8 weeks old when i got pregnant with my son. so yes mam it is a very good possibility. as you're breastfeeding does your daughter feed or treat you like a binky? for me my daughter stopped feeding because my milk had changed.

Averil - posted on 11/12/2012

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Good luck I guess three month gap, gee I thought 15 months apart was hard enough, but then my children were a little hyper-active when they were younger.

Jessica - posted on 11/12/2012

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Both of my children were born on the same day one year apart. July 2. Can any one explain to me exactly how I did that?

Mom - posted on 11/12/2012

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I wouldn't get the implant until you find out for sure if your pregnant again.You should have used protection just to be on the safe side.I know a lot of people that have had babies 11 months after their other one.Talk to your doctor and see if there is any danger if you do find out your pregnant and have had the implantation done.Good luck!

Sandy - posted on 11/12/2012

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I had my period all though breast feeding but, even if you do not you CAN! My mom's cousins are 9 mo and 1 day apart.

Kay - posted on 11/10/2012

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Kale, love the name

How are you doing and what are you thinking at this point. I am praying for you.

Kathy - posted on 11/10/2012

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My 2 oldest children are 1 1months and 4 days apart, I was breastfeeding also, and I was 7 months pregnant with the 2 one before I found out..so yes please talk to your doctor first before you do anything else

Lori - posted on 11/10/2012

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Absolutely you should discuss that with your doctor! He/she is not their to judge, but help care for you, especially if you are pregnant again!

Kerry - posted on 11/08/2012

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My friend has a three month old baby and she is two months pregnant so you could be. It won't hurt the baby if you don't have sex when you are pregnant, Another one of my friends was pregnant and she didn't know and she had sex while she was pregnant and she had a double pregnancy but the second baby died with trouble breathing. Good luck

Kay - posted on 11/08/2012

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Dear Lord

I lift up this precious woman. Give her peace. Help her to see your Glory above her circumstances of life. Bless her today and help her to see you. Amen

Olivia - posted on 11/08/2012

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The first few months after childbirth you are most fertile and will conceive very easily. The one thing your doc usually skips telling you...

Kale - posted on 11/08/2012

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so i didnt get the implanon my doctor called and said because of my blood mutation i couldnt get it but then i ended up spotting for a day 2 weeks ago and havent seen anything since i got another blood test and they never called me with the results so im guessing that means nothing came of it. im very bloated and have been cramping for a few weeks now...i have no idea what is happening with my body....

CHERYL - posted on 11/07/2012

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I had my period with my 3 kids, each was breastfeed past a year old You can have your period when you breastfeed, you must use protection. Ask you doctor if you are pregnant. Breastfeeding is NOT a birth control. my kids are 23, 21, 18. they told me right away that you must wait and use something so you do not get pregnant. Shocked that your doctor never told you this.

Sara - posted on 11/07/2012

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I did not get my period for 10 months after having my son and I was breastfeeding. In fact, I didn't get a period until I had him on a regular solid schedule and was cutting out nursings. I was not pregnant. Some women's bodies will keep them from getting pregnant while breastfeeding, others will not.

You may or may not be one of those women. If you aren't, use protection with your hubby unless you want to have another one soon.

LaDawn - posted on 11/07/2012

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My Daughter was 5 1/2 Weeks old & I went to My 6 Week check-up, & I was Pregnant with Twin Boys.

Adriane - posted on 11/06/2012

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Breastfeeding CAN inhibit pregnancy... in SOME women. The problem is, it is not a reliable contraceptive method because every body is different. Besides that, you have no way of knowing (unless you are checking) if you have ovulated. You don't have to have a regular period before you ovulate.

Runnin' - posted on 11/06/2012

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Definitely possible. Babies born less than a year apart are called Irish Twins :) It happens more than you think! I would certainly bring it up with your dr. You won't do any harm bringing it up and making sure, but you may do harm if you just "ignore" it.

While it is true that breastfeeding can be used as a form of bc, there are MANY factors that you have to comply with for it to be considered effective (baby can't take a soother, NO supplementation feedings, baby should not be separated from mom for any extended period of time, and on and on... it's actually pretty complex if you want to adhere to it as your only method of birth control. It's well laid out in the book, "Taking Charge of your Fertility" as I'm sure it is elsewhere as well.

Best of luck! And don't feel alone or crazy if you are indeed pregnant - there are MANY women who have walked in your shoes before you and MANY will follow :)

Alexandra - posted on 11/06/2012

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yes, you can be pregnant. Talk to your doctor. Maybe you should wait for the implanon a little longer.

Adriane - posted on 11/06/2012

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If you aren't sure you aren't pregnant, wait 2 weeks (don't do anything to get pregnant while you're waiting). You will get false negatives if it is too early in the pregnancy.

Carla-May - posted on 11/06/2012

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I fell pregnant with my 4th when my 3rd was 8weeks old ... It was a hard pregnancy... BUT me & my husband made sure baby3 was in no way hard done by!! She knows without a doubt that she is just as special as her sister & brothers

I wasn't breast feeding but am super fertile at all times it would seem... I've read some comments that seem to suggest you shouldn't of been having unprotected sex etc, I'm sorry but I disagree, it's THE most natural thing to do with your husband surely??!!



(.. I would say I am one of 5, my mum breast Fed us all & COULDN'T fall pregnant while she was breast feeding so I can understand why not all ladies realise this isn't a guarantee )



Deffinetly speak with your Dr about your concerns

Hope either way it all turns out for the best :)

Averil - posted on 11/06/2012

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And I thought the mini pill was the only pill you could use when breastfeeding. Condoms if you haven't had your six week check up. Most Gynos and Mid-wifes will give advise just before you deliver but the desire for sex will generally be lower as your not getting a lot of sleep and everyone is very tired. Emotionally your are satisfied with the bonding process with your baby. Its not the time to be swinging from the chandliers. My last two kids were 15 months apart and that was hard enough. Dont make life hard for yourselves unless you don't want any sort of life. If you can afford lots of childcare or babysitters after school thats fine otherwise not.

Takeesha - posted on 11/06/2012

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I would wait to have the implanon done into yu fine out if yur pregnant again or not but if yu been having unprotected sex yu can most likely to get pregnant quick so take a test and go from there.....

Paige - posted on 11/06/2012

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Definitely bring it up to your doctor! I was warned constantly about being very fertile right after birth which doesn't make sense in my opinion since you'd think your body would be saying enough after 9 months but there it is. No unprotected sex sorry.

Crystal - posted on 11/06/2012

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Yes, you could be pregnant! My oldest daughter was 4 months old when I got pregnant with my second daughter. Their birthdays are 13 months apart. I was under the assumption that while you are breastfeeding that you can't get pregnant but my second daughter is living proof that you can. I would bring up your concerns to your doctor just to be safe!

Amber - posted on 11/06/2012

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It's definitly possible that you could be pregnant again, especially becuase it's alot easier to conceive shortly after giving birth. I would tell your doctor the concerns and symptoms that your having, but also explain what happened with your daughter. ( about the blood test coming back negative, even after finding out you actually were pregnant) It's always important for them to know that.. Good luck with everything. :)

Cindy Marie - posted on 11/05/2012

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Breastfeeding does not stop you from getting pregnant. Yes get a proper test done by your Dr thats what your Dr.Before your do some dumb

Vanessa - posted on 11/05/2012

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It is possible ether way and your doctor should definitely know about your concerns, until you know for sure you should use protection though, because if you are not pregnant it is healthiest to wait to be pregnant again so your body can build up lost nutrients from the recent pregnancy for your new baby.

Catherine - posted on 11/05/2012

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Wow... So soon after delivery. I guess I am in the minority. When my doctor said no sex for at least 6 weeks after birth, I listened.

Sharon - posted on 11/05/2012

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I didn't read all the posts so I may be repeating but you ovulate BEFORE your first period returns regardless of when that may be, I was lucky enough to be free of them for over a year but got pregnant right after I had my first period after my son was born. I actually wanted them spaced about that much apart and there is good and bad to having them close together or to having them spaced out, I think that is completely up to the parents as long as your body is healthy enough to support another pregnancy so soon (mine wasn't - very low iron).

Michelle - posted on 11/05/2012

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yes you can..i had my son and was breastfeeding..my sons are 11 month apart..

Belinda - posted on 11/05/2012

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I fell pregnant with #3 within 7 weeks of giving birth....so yes...it is possible!

Amber - posted on 11/04/2012

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I am guessing your ob/gyn didn't warn you. You get a period because you have ovulated and didn't get pregnant. So, you ovulate before you will get your 1st period. Anyhow, yes, you could be pregnant since you weren't using birth control of any type.

Ashley - posted on 11/04/2012

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You can get ur pd while breastfeeding for one. And for two, the chances of you being pg again are VERY high since you have been having unprotected sex after JUST having a baby. Your body is the most firtile right now. I would wait a week n see if anything changes. Good luck.

Kelly - posted on 11/04/2012

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It is definitely possible. I had my daughter, waited the full six weeks to heal, was on BC and was breast feeding and got prego within two-three weeks. I am now due the month before my daughter turns one. Tired just thinking about it lol!

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You may want to hold off on the Implanon until you have some definite answers. I know lots of people (my mother included) who got pregnant very soon after having babies who they were breastfeeding.

Beth - posted on 11/04/2012

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ALWAYS bring that up with your doctor, and breastfeeding is not birth control. While it can change your hormones, it is not a reliable birth control.

Averil - posted on 11/04/2012

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This is Catholic method of birth control of course you can get pregnant and you should all be on the mini pill at your first doctors visit. Do not rely on breasfeeding or having just had a baby its just not safe.

Bryony - posted on 11/04/2012

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short answer - yes its possible. good luck, two under two isn't so bad though - i've survived and now expecting number 3 just after my youngest turns 2

Clarissa - posted on 11/04/2012

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no protection means dugh you could be that is why doctors say no sex until on BC unless you want to get preggers high risk to get preggers.

Sharlease - posted on 11/04/2012

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Of course you can be pregnant! The first 8 weeks after childbirth are the easiest weeks to get pregnant again and your HORMONES are raging on top of it. Maybe you aren't but the likelihood that you are is very high MOM. :)

Susan - posted on 11/04/2012

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Wow, it is interesting to see the different ideas of how this all works. Breastfeeding exclusively (no formula at all) can decrease the rate of pregnancy for up to 6 months after delivery. Some women will have periods, others will not. Although breast feeding decreases the chance somewhat, it is NOT a reliable form of birth control. There are some forms that cannot be used if you want to breastfeed and others that you can. Women vary so much in their fertility....some take a year to return to ovulating after stopping the pill, others get pregnant if they miss one pill. i have not found that immediately after delivery that someone is more fertile. I have found many to be in denial about the need for contraception as soon as recommended and for the need to wait and recover before resuming sex. Physiologically it would not be possible to get pregnant 3 or 4 days after. As far as how early it is possible...have seen too much to be willing to take a bet on that detail. Take home message. After delivery, listen to the recommendations on resuming sex, starting birth control unless it would be okay to be pregnant again right away ( still hard on your body that soon). You CAN get pregnant without a period, and the first time you have sex and when you are breastfeeding and withing 3 months of delivering. Pregnancy tests, even blood tests can be negative until the level of the hormones get to a certain point. If you are very early in the pregnancy the level may not yet be high enough to test positive. If it is repeated in 1 to 2 weeks it will usually then show up. Implanon should not be placed if you are pregnant but studies of it and 2 very similar medications show the risk to the baby would be low from implanon ( from an IUD ther would be much higher risk since it goes in the uterus. Implanon goes under the skin. The implanon would need to be removed though) Better to be sure before it is placed.

Jennifer - posted on 11/03/2012

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I have two who are 15 months apart out of the three children. We had three in four years. Yes, you do get your period while breastfeeding. Yes, you do get preganant while breast feeding. I actually lost one in between the two who are 15 months apart. Talk to your doctor. My oldest is now 12. One will be 11 next week. The other will be nine around Christmas.

Patricia - posted on 11/02/2012

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Wow you just had a baby you're fertile as pollen in the air during hayfeverseason. It's November so were you pregnant?

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