just gave birth when can i be pregnant


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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.

Jodi - posted on 07/03/2012




You could get pregnant any time after you have given birth, because you will never know when you start to ovulate again. But why would you want to? Take precautions and give your body a chance to heal!!

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