What Are The Chances of Getting Pregnant Soon After Giving Birth?

Getting Pregnant After Giving Birth

So you just gave birth and you are already wondering whether you will be fertile? Some people may have told you that you will not be fertile for a while after birth but that is simply not true. Many women have gotten pregnant within just a couple of weeks of giving birth. Many siblings out there today are only nine months apart. You can conceive again in as little as two to three weeks after giving birth, even if your period has not returned.

Conception Factors

Quite a few factors will come into play that will determine how soon after giving birth you will get pregnant again. The most important factor is whether you are breastfeeding your newborn.  Although it is possible to fall pregnant while breastfeeding, breastfeed itself is about 98 percent effective as form of birth control if the following statements are true:

  • Your baby is younger than six months
  • Your period has not yet returned
  • Your baby is not eating or drinking anything else other than breast milk

If you are not breastfeeding your infant, then it is quite possible that your fertility can return within a few weeks of giving birth; although for most women it can take quite a few months for their bodies to return to normal. The time it takes for fertility to return will vary between women and will be contingent upon your infant’s nursing pattern as well as how your body reacts to the lactation hormones.

It typically takes about 14 months for a menstrual period to return. If your periods do return prior to 14 months, it is most likely that you are not actually ovulating. Regardless of whether you are breastfeeding, it is important to realize that it is completely possible to conceive soon after giving birth. It is therefore suggested that you practice birth control starting right after the birth of your baby.

What Protection Should You Use?

Here are some birth control options to consider if you do not want to get pregnant soon after giving birth:

  • Birth Control pills: There are many different varieties of birth control pills out there. You will need to take your time and do your research on these pills before you take them. Talk to your doctor about any risks, and which one would work best for you.
  • Depo Provera:  This is an injectable form of birth control that will keep you from falling pregnant for several months. You will need to do your research and speak to your doctor first to see if this method is right for you. If you are planning to try for more children in the near future, you may want to choose another form of birth control. Your fertility can take quite a long time to return after stopping this form of birth control.
  • Spermicides:  There are many different spermicides available and you will need to find one that works well for you and your partner.
  • Condoms:  Condoms are inexpensive and quite effective. There are both female and male varieties of condoms available.
  • Natural method: This is where you determine your cycles via charting and only have sex on the days when you are not ovulating.

Getting pregnant soon after you have a baby can cause problems for you and your baby. You may find that you are overly tired and lack the energy that you need. If you are breastfeeding, your supply may tank. Of course, many women have had successful pregnancies after getting pregnant quickly after childbirth. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons. The Office on Women’s Health, US Department of Health and Human Services believes that you should wait at least 12 months between having your children to ensure your body’s full recovery.

  • Miranda

    How would I know if I got pregnant soon after giving birth?

  • em

    The pregnancy symptoms are the same, you’d need to take a pregnancy test anywhere from 12-16 days after unprotected sex.

  • Mary

    Hi I Have A Question, I Gave Birth To My Little Girl On September 3, 2014. Hubb And I Have Not Had Intercourse Since Having Her. We Have Done Other Things Though But He Has Never Finished Inside, Nearest He’s Been Is My Leg. I Know Sperm Does Swim. My Doctor Told Me I Couldn’t Get My Depo Shot Until My 6week Check Up. I Also Was Not Aware That We Are Highly Fertile After Giving Birth. Well Now At My 7Weeks Post Partum The Nurse Took A Urine Pregnancy Test So I Can Start On My Depo Birth Control And I Had A Very Faint Line. She Took Two Samples And Both Came Back With Very Faint Positives. Although We Have Not Had Intercourse Yet What Are My Chances Of Still Being Pregnant Or Still Being My Hormones From Giving Birth? Waiting On Blood Work To Be Certain. But Freaking Out Help!

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It’s possible but not likely that you are pregnant. Sometimes it takes time for your hcg to drop back to nonpregnant levels after giving birth. The doctor should be doing blood tests to see what the actual level of hcg in your system is and repeat the test to see if it is actually going up or down.

  • Babymomma

    How did you know the first time?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    By taking a pregnancy test?

  • jenisa castile

    I had my daughter 5 weeks ago i had unprotected sex at 4 weeks after birth. I started my period the very next day after sex. Could i be pregnant?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    If your period came the next day after you had sex, then you are most likely not pregnant. Typically your period arrives about 14 days after you ovulate. You need to have sex around ovulation in order to get pregnant.

  • Allisonpadkins

    I have been on the depo shot for almost 4 years and haven’t had sex in over a year until last night (unprotected) but he didn’t ejaculate in me. What are the chances of me getting pregnant?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    If you have been on the depo that long and he didn’t ejaculate in you, the chances are pretty small that you would get pregnant.

  • f070

    Hi. I have a question. I have an unprotected sex on 6th nov and took emkit 1.5 within 24 hrs. My bf did not discharge in me. I got very slight bleeding from 19 nov to 22 nov but my due date is 29nov. I still have not experienced any symptom of pregnancy.
    is there any chance that i am preg??

  • anna

    I had my first baby barely 4 months ago which was on aug 16th 2014 and I got the depo shot right after my 6 week rest and Ive been on it for 3. Months but it has been a month already that I had to go back to the drs and get another shot. And I didn’t…..me and my baby daddy started having sex again and he has ejaculated in me but not all the way just a litlle bit????? Is there a possibility that I could end up pregnant again????

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Well, if you had unprotected sex and have not gotten your shot on time, it is possible that you could get pregnant.

  • nikka

    I just gave birth last Nov. 24 2014. Hubb and I had intercourse the other day and today without any contraceptives even withdrawal.will I get pregnant early?

  • nikka

    I just gave birth last Nov 24 2014. Hubb and I had sex the last day and the other day and today without contraceptives even widrawal and I stop breastfeeding 4 days already.will I get pregnant early?

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