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?

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

    There is really no way to tell with the information you provided. If you are having unprotected sex, there is always a chance that you could get pregnant.

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

    It’s possible.

  • yogi

    Is it safe to take unwanted 72 after pregancy of one month

  • yogi

    Is it safe to take unwanted72 after having a child of one month

  • worried husband

    My wife and I just had a baby girl but after 4 months ago of her giving birth but she is not taking no birth control and we had sex But didn’t cum inside her just by the Virginia lips on the out side can she get pregnant

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

    It’s possible. It is a bit more difficult due to the location of ejaculation but the chance is still there.

  • crystal

    Hi I just gave birth Dec.12,2014 we had sex on my 2nd week after giving birth I was still bleeding very light .. I want to get on birth control but have to wait for my 6 week check up … How can I tell if I’m pregnant we had sex like 3 days in a row he went inside me the first night … I’m not bleeding at all anymore … I’m almost 3 weeks after giving birth what can I do please help!?

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

    You will just have to wait to see what happens. Chances are you didn’t ovulate that soon after giving birth so you are likely not pregnant. If you don’t want to get pregnant this early after having your baby, you might want to not have sex or require him to wear a condom until you can get in for your 6 week checkup and get on birth control yourself.

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

    You will just have to wait to see what happens. Chances are you didn’t ovulate that soon after giving birth so you are likely not pregnant. If you don’t want to get pregnant this early after having your baby, you might want to not have sex or require him to wear a condom until you can get in for your 6 week checkup and get on birth control yourself.

  • jewlzy

    I gave birth 5 month ago and I want another baby is it not good to get pregnant this soon??

  • Stephen

    This article appears to contradict itself. Breastfeeding is 98% effective as birth control, (which is equivalent to most forms of contraception), but you can totally get pregnant anyway and should use contraception.

    Which is it?

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

    You really should give your body time to get back to normal before trying for another child. Getting pregnant too quickly can increase the odds of negative issues occurring. You can read more about them on http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/getting-pregnant/in-depth/family-planning/art-20044072

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

    Both :) There is a level of user error that will lower the effectiveness of exclusively breastfeeding. If you don’t exclusively breastfeed or your baby is older than 6 months, you can get pregnant while breastfeeding. If you don’t want to get pregnant, using another form of contraception will be your smartest option.

  • jj

    I had my first menstrustion after giving birth 8months ago,my hub and i had sex within my period,is it possible to be pregnant?

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

    If you have had unprotected sex, the possibility for pregnancy is there.

  • Mariahkeeble

    My sons 9 months old an I had sex the day after my period with his father an I’m worried that I’m pregnant what’s the chance of me being pregnant ?!

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

    It depends on when you were due to ovulate. Sperm can survive up to 5 days after ejaculation so if you were close to ovulation, there is a chance.

  • tresh

    my baby is 4months now…and im afraid to get pregnant again,we had sex but it didnt come inside…2 days after my period we do sex..is it possible to get pregnant???

  • mary joy atad

    hi i give birth on november 17 2014 my baby now is two months and my hub and i had sex a week ago unprotected and i am wondering if i will get pregnant even i did not yet have my menstrual

  • mary joy atad

    i feel dizzy and tiredness sleepy even morning after having sex a week ago.with my hub is it possible that this is a sign of pregnancy

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

    If you are having unprotected sex, the possibility of getting pregnant is always there.

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

    If you have unprotected sex, the possibility of pregnancy is always there. If you are exclusively breastfeeding your baby, the probability of getting pregnant is less.

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

    It could be but it could also be a sign of having a two month old baby in your home :D

  • jordanna

    I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl just over 3 weeks ago, but sad to say she was born stillborn, I’m very keen on having another child (as some may understand) have been having unprotected sex as little as 5/7 days after birth, been feeling week and very lightheaded, not being able to eat. Could these be signs of pregnancy or are my getting my hopes up to soon??.

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

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. You probably should give your body a little time to return to normal hormonally speaking and also allow yourself a little time to come to terms with your loss. If you are feeling weak and lightheaded, you should probably talk to your doctor about that as there are many non-pregnancy related issues that could cause that.

  • stephanie

    I gave birth 6 weeks ago. My boyfriend and I had sex almost three weeks after me having her. I was so scared of being pregnant again I didn’t let him finish. It was unprotected and he ejaculated on my underware covered vagina. What are the chances of me being pregnant again so soon?

  • joanna

    I have a question. I had my son 5 weeks ago and i had unprotected sex and my husband finished inside. I am breastfeeding only and stopped bleeding the day before having sex… what is the posibility of me getting pregnant??

  • joanna

    Me too… but my husband did fi ish inside:/

  • Jojo

    Hello I just had a baby boy on Dec 15 2014 , I was bleeding for like a week and then spotting I had Unprotected Sex on Jan 3rd and all of the sudden the spotting stopped , I haven’t had my period yet and I breastfeed sometimes not everyday , I’ve been feeling Nauseous in the morning .. we keep having sex and our last day was on the 26th I’m so scared , I took a pregnancy test but It was Negative , but with this baby was the same till I was a month an some days….
    Does that means I’m pregnant ?

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

    Probably not very likely.

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

    If you are exclusively breastfeeding, the chances are pretty slim that you would get pregnant.

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

    Unfortunately there is no way to really tell. Wait about a month and take a pregnancy test. If you don’t want to get pregnant, you should be having sex with some sort of birth control.

  • joanna

    How do we know wen were ovulating

  • shantae

    Hi I had my baby girl January 14th and I attempted to have sex 3 weeks after i gave birth to her. I was scared because he didnt have a condom on so I moved him off me. He was barely inside me when i moved him and we didnt even begin to really have sex because I moved him. My question is can I get pregant from precum, I am going to go by the plan b pill tonight. When this happened it was on a thursday night around 7pm and today is saturday. I should be okay right?

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

    You really need to use ovulation tests until you get your period back regularly.

  • ital mama

    I gave birth November 24, 2014, had sex with hubby but didnt finish inside, I had my period ( implantation bleeding) on Feb 1,2015, I am breastfeeding all the time, could I be pregnant?

  • hannah

    I just gave birth a month ago i had sex how could i get pregnant if he didn’t nut.

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

    I am very confused. When did you have sex with your husband? Implantation bleeding is not your period.

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

    Are you pregnant?

  • Ashley

    I just had my baby on December 26 2014 and I’ve started having sex a month after he was born. Since about a week ago I’ve been nausias and I can’t stand the smell of his cologne. Could I be pregnant again?

  • Monica

    Yes I believe that you could be pregnant, the only way to know is to take the test, get the EPT test and one of the cheap ones as well, that’s how I found out each time I was pregnant, and never been mistaken. My last pregnancy I found out 2 weeks before my missed period, and if one is positive go to the doctor to confirm. And if yes, congratulations! Again. And don’t freak just remember how lucky you are to be blessed with these beautiful children

  • Monica

    You could be but its not very likely, breastfeeding is 98% effective as birth control, however there is always the other 2% so take a test and if positive go to doctor to confirm.good luck

  • Monica

    Yes it is possible, breastfeeding is 98% effective as birth control,however 2% is still something to consider, if u take home test and its negative I would still go to doctor just to be sure

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