How Quickly Can You Conceive After Giving Birth?

Having another child just after you have given birth may be far from your mind right now. There are so many risks involved in conceiving another child too soon after delivering.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health believes that it is best to space each pregnancy at least 12 months apart in order to provide your body with sufficient time to recover and rejuvenate.

However, there are many factors involved in determining how quickly you can conceive after giving birth.

Breastfeeding as Contraception

Your fertility can return at any time after the birth of your baby if you are not breast-feeding; but if you are currently breastfeeding your baby, you should know that you can become fertile again just weeks after giving birth and during your baby’s weaning period.

According to Marquette University, a mother can become fertile again as soon as she begins feeding her baby other types of foods regularly, or when her baby sleeps throughout the night and breastfeeding becomes less frequent. This is because ovulation in a breastfeeding mother is suppressed when her baby is suckling her breast. Once the baby starts feeding on other foods, he or she will not be suckling the breast as often, and this will reduce the fertility suppressing effects of breastfeeding. Subsequently, when a baby starts to sleep throughout the night without waking up, the time period between each breastfeed is lengthened.

Other factors that will trigger fertility also include the addition of other foods, if the baby is older than six months old, and if the mother experiences illness or stress.htout by is suckling her breast. arly, or when her baby sleeps

Many women use breastfeeding as a contraceptive; this is because once any of the abovementioned factors changes, then breastfeeding becomes less effective at preventing pregnancy. Remember, a woman’s sensitivity to the hormones that react to lactation will help influence how soon she will be fertile.

Therefore, if you wish to utilize breastfeeding as a means of contraception, you will need to try to prolong your baby’s breastfeeding time. Allow your child to determine when they want to wean.

Return of Menstruation

One of the most important indicators of fertility is menstrual bleeding. Once the first 56 days postpartum have passed, if you experience at least two consecutive days of bleeding or spotting, then you can most likely assume that your fertility, and period, has returned. Do note, however, that you can ovulate before your period returns, although studies have shown that this rarely happens if a woman is breastfeeding continuously and is less than six months postpartum.

Signs of Fertility

As you get closer to being fertile again after giving birth, you will experience frequent signs of cervical mucus. The cervical mucus will start to become clear, stretchy, and slippery just as it would during the peak of ovulation. Your temperature will also start to level itself. These are signs that your estrogen levels are rising again – preparing your body for fertility again.

Nevertheless, 40 percent of women will not have any blood loss before their first ovulation after giving birth. Furthermore, each menstrual cycle after the very first ovulation may vary in length and there will be a change to the cervical mucus pattern.

In general, it will take at least 14 months for a woman’s menstrual cycle to fully return to normal.

  • mvd

    This is not accurate. There are very specific criteria under which the LAM method has been proven to work. It has nothing to do with pacifiers but rather the frequency of breastfeeding. Without following the method perfectly, a woman may as well not use any form of birth control at all. It is very irresponsible to post something advocating this method but failing to tell women exactly how to use it based on what has been proven by scientific research.

Last modified: May 22, 2014