Getting Pregnant the 2nd time round

Nikki - posted on 01/23/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Okay so I have a 7 month old baby boy and I was hoping to have another baby and have them spaced between 2-2.5 years I know you cannot plan these things but that is ideally what I'd like.



I was wondering if you found it harder or easier to get pregnant the 2nd time. With my 1st I got pregnant a few months after I went off the pill I miscarried but then got pregnant with my son 6 months later. I was thinking of going off the pill when my son is a year an a half, but now Im scared that what if it takes me years and If i go off the pill earlier my luck Ill get pregnant the next day.... so I just wanted to know how long it took everyone else

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Sarah - posted on 01/25/2010

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Hi, i had the implanon in for three years and fell imediately with my first. I placed another implanon in after 8 weeks giving birth and ovulated and fell pregnant the same day the second implanon came out with my second child. my first will be 2.4 when the second comes :) My sister used the implanon after her first child and is now trying to fall pregnant and hasn't been able to for a year now, so i think it comes down to you and your body?

Megan - posted on 01/25/2010

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I was on the pill prior to getting pregnant the first time. After getting off the pill, it took us five months to get pregnant with our daughter. The second time 'round, we got pregnant within the first month of trying. Our son is now three. They are 22 months apart.

Nadine - posted on 01/24/2010

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Actually it isn't all that hard having them so close, there are days when they drive me totally crazy (they are 2 years old and nearly 11 months old).
What I found was that me eldest can't remember ever not having a baby brother so he has never showed any signs of being jelous and he potty trained very easily cos his baby brother wears nappies and he is a big boy.
My baby has developed very fast since he copies his brother.
I have no regrets having them so close!!

When I was pregnant I was told how hard it will be having 2 babies but mostly it has being easy and fun!

Catherine - posted on 01/23/2010

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7 months of trying with second, I am 8 weeks pregnant with no 2. I had a mirena IUD for 3 years.

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Shell - posted on 01/25/2010

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My daughter is 10.5 months and I only recently found out I was pregnant again (still very early days) anyway, I was taking Microlut (mini pill) because I'm also breastfeeding.

Just over a month ago, my partner's work had a Christmas Party and we had to go away for it, stupid me packed everything else but my pills. When we got back home the next night, I continued with the course again thinking 'missing one night wont hurt' and just over a week ago I was wondering why I still havent got my periods. I took 2 home pregnancy tests and to my shock, it was positive both times.

Baby 2 will be due around Sept-October this year and the gap between my children will be about 20months. Prior to having children I had the 'rod' (size of a match stick under my skin in my forearm) that lasted 3 years. I had no period within this time, just extremely light spotting once-in-a-blue-moon and I put on a lot of weight. Then I had the depo injection, after I stopped using that, it took 18 months before I had my first child.

Jennifer - posted on 01/24/2010

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My first child was exactly planned but then not prevented either,a couple of months before he turned 2 we decided for me to get off the pill. I had problems with my cycle and from Dec of 08 til Sept of 09 i only had a period with the help of provera b/c my period wouldnt return to normal. Strangely enough it returned with no help of Provera for the first time in all that time and I got pregnant and found out in Oct 09 so now I'm 4 and 1/2 months pregnant and loving it since our lil boy will be almost 3 and 1/2. I wish you all the luck in the world and hope it's easier for you than it was me:):)

Nikki - posted on 01/24/2010

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Thats amaznig to hear b/c Id love to have them close and jealousy was one of my biggest worries

Carolyn - posted on 01/24/2010

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well i dont use the pill or anything,i know it might sound stupid but it aint...we are very careful and our daughter just turned three,we want to start trying for baby number two at the end of the year,if you are relaxed and not anxious you will fall pregnant at the time you want to,if you cant do without the pill dont risk coz you might have another one sooner than you expect,it took us two weeks to try and fall pregnant...good luck my dear.

Tray - posted on 01/24/2010

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Took 3 months for my 1st who wasnt planned (who is 16 months now) am currently trying 4 my second am a week into it so hopefully sometime soon for my 2nd one.

Becky - posted on 01/24/2010

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I have a 2.5 year gap between my boys - youngest is 4.5 months, eldest is 34 months. Really like the age gap cause it means baby is in the pram when you go out, toddler is walking. Toddler is toilet trained. Toddler can feed himself. Toddler can play really well and enjoys it by himself (busy with his little make believe world). Baby bag isnt insanely huge because there is only 1 set of baby stuff and toddler just needs a water bottle and some snacks. Toddler is at the stage of being a total daddy's boy, so isnt as fussed as he would have been about me taking care of baby and he is with Daddy. Downside is that Toddler is turning into a real boy, so there is running, jumping, yelling, being rough. Luckily my baby is a whopper! Took 2 months for both - decided to get pregnant off the pill for 2 months.

Sheree - posted on 01/24/2010

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This is the exact problem i have. I want my children to be 1 1/2 to 2 years apart, i miscarried twice when trying for my first so all up it took 2 1/2 years to have her. Im worried i'll end up having mine 4-5 years apart :(

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For me, my first was not planned, so we didn't have to try for her at all. Our second, we got on the first try, so I guess you could say it didn't take any longer for the second than the first.

I will say, though, that I have never been on any type of hormonal birth control, so that may also be a factor. For those who have been on the pill, ring, Mirena, or anything else involving hormones, it can take a few months for the cycle to return to normal, and ovulation to be restored. For quicker conception the next time, I would say a good thing to do is switch to a non-hormonal method maybe a year before you want to start trying, to allow your cycle to become normal (read: ovulatory) again. Copper IUD (Paragard) is my favorite, and no that's not what I got pregnant on the first time. The failed method was condoms, which I do not recommend at all! LOL

Rebecca - posted on 01/24/2010

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I took 13 months, including 2 miscarriages to have my first. We didn't use contraception after that coz I believe the pill was partly to blame. We just figured if it happened easily we'd be over the moon. I got my period once before I conceived my second (I was still breastfeeding). I only tracked my cycle and avoided the ovulation period once I got my period back after my second - I know it isn't foolproof, but we didn't mind if we had a third. Ironically, I conceived my third the month we started using condoms! This was the fourth month of having my cycle back.

So for me, it got easier to conceive each time, but I really do think the pill had messed with my hormones. I have other friends who have taken time first and for subsequents, and another friend who had no dramas with her first, but needed IVF for her second after a string of miscarriages. Everyone is different.

I think you work out the minimum age gap you'd cope with, and start trying then. That way if it happens straight away it's ok, and if it doesn't then you still have more time.

Good luck!!!

Nikki - posted on 01/23/2010

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Thanks everyone!!! Savannah and Nadine wow what's it like having such a small gap between them?? When I first had my son I wanted to have another one right then , then he became mobile and I changed my mind.

Stephanie - posted on 01/23/2010

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I got pregnant while taking the pill. Funny enough, I forgot to take the pill, then just took the next one as scheduled. We were trying not to get pregnant obviously, but it just goes to show that you still can get pregnant when you least expect it. Good luck

Nadine - posted on 01/23/2010

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My eldest son was 6 months old when I fell pregnant for the second time, I was breastfeeding and my period hadn't returned after the birth of my eldest so the doctors told me that I really shouldn't fall pregnant again but I did.

My youngest was born early so my boys are 13 months and 3 weeks apart.



I have heard that they say once you have had a baby it's usually easier to conceive again.

Savannah - posted on 01/23/2010

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Easier! my son was 6 months old when i got pregnant w dj, dj was 6 months old when i got pregnant w Dawson! Be careful! lol

Melanie - posted on 01/23/2010

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i believe it just depends on what is goin on in your life at that paticular moment in ur life. i suggest that you might want to ease off the pill shortly after ur baby is about a year if you want them with in ur ideal range. i had no problem with my second. when i decided that i wanted to get pregnant again i was able to quickly but wasnt on birth control n i was breast feedin bout 4 months prior to that.

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