Is it true that you are 'more fertile' after giving birth?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Lollypops:  My SIL took over a year to conceive her first (clomid) and when my niece was 9months old the birth control was making her crazy so she got off of it and BAM!  my nephew was conceived!  I think it depends on the person but for her it was like her body said….”oh! That’s what I’m supposed to do!”

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yes. That happened to my best friend. She has 2 kids one year apart. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Yip! My OBGYN told me that a woman is very fertile in the six months after giving birth.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

I don’t know, but it seems that an older woman who has a child/ren gets pregnant easier than someone who has never had a child. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Huh. i’m still nursing my 1 year-old and haven’t gotten my period back. So not for me! But another friend was exclusively nursing and got it back right away. Very interesting!

I did go to my 6-week appointment and my doc said she’d had 3 people come in for that appointment and she had to tell them they were pregnant again–yikes! 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

@Lollypops:  My sister is 11.5 months younger then me. Mom didn’t breastfeed for what that is worth. 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

my mom had very severe endometriosis and was told it was highly unlikely that she’d get pregnant. they tried for 8 years before my older brother came along. 2.5 years later, i was born. a year and a half after that, i had a little brother.

and my mom has always told me, “don’t believe anyone who says you can’t pregnant while breastfeeding.” she was still nursing me when she got pregnant with my younger brother, haha.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@lilchicana:  I think it’s that breast feeding can be a form of birth control for up to 6 months after birth, but it doesn’t keep working after that. But I don’t think it’s super reliable anyway!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I don’t think you’re more fertile per se, I feel like it’s just that women who’ve given birth are clearly capable of getting pregnant, so statistically they’re more likely to get pregnant than the average population who hasn’t been proven.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1998

I have heard people in the medical profession make this claim, but it could just be confirmation bias. They remember the patients who return quickly with a second pregnancy more than they do the women who take longer to conceive, probably.

Each pregnancy is an independent event – it’s not uncommon to hear of people taking a very long time to conceive a first (or conceiving quickly), then having the opposite with the next kid. Sometimes, it’s just luck.

There’s a lot working against pregnancy after a baby’s born – breastfeeding being among them (and recovery time after delivery…who wants lovin’ that quickly? Ouch).

The real issue is that many breastfeeding women may assume they’re incapable of getting pregnant and that they’re not “trying” – but because they’re not breastfeeding frequently enough, ovulation has returned. To them – and likely to their doctors – getting pregnant 6 months after giving birth may seem quick. In reality, this woman may have been ‘trying’ inadvertently for 4 or more months…which, statistically speaking, at least half of women are pregnant by that point.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve never heard this, I thought it was the opposite due to the prolactin produced from breastfeeding.

Post # 16
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m not sure if you are more fertile as much as some women assume you can’t get (or won’t get) pregnant right away and don’t take the proper precautions. 

After you’re done bleeding after birth I imagine you could ovulate at any time.  If you’re assuming you have protection because you just gave birth you would be wrong.  Probably why some woman wind up pregnant right away.  Any time you ovulate you have a 20% chance to get pregnant!

I haven’t been able to find anything scientifically proving increased fertility after birth but I’d be open to seeing some!  All I can find are regular people discussing it on forums, I’d like to see some scientific articles though.

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