Did anyone get pregnant soon after having a baby?

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Busy Beekeeper
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Prettysmile40 :  Are you nursing? 

There was a Bee on here in 2017 that had a February baby and was due with her second in February 2018.

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Prettysmile40 :  I had my baby last August and no period until September this year. Probably nothing to worry about but no harm in checking if you are concerned. Also after watching my babysitter pregnant with an under-1, I’d say anyone is better off waiting. They were sick so much!

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Prettysmile40 :  Yup. We had to do IVF for our daughter and we got pregnant naturally when she was 10 months old (which was the first time we’d had intercourse since she was born….). We were shocked as hell because 1. we needed IVF due to male factor issues (so no real “reset” due to the pregnancy) and 2. we literally had sex ONCE. 3. I was still breastfeeding. Unfortunately I miscarried at 6 weeks but it was a reminder that we needed to be a little more careful. It gave us hope that we might be able to do it again though and we’re going for it now with the knowledge that if it doesn’t happen we can go for a FET once she weans hopefully by her 2nd birthday. 

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Prettysmile40 :  Oh wow.  I would definitely test or talk to your doctor.  I know if you were nursing, it could take a few months to get your period back.  But if you are going longer than that and you get a BFN, you should check in with your doctor.  Have you had your 6 month pp appointment yet?

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Prettysmile40 :  

If you exclusively breastfeed things are not normally “kickstarted” after having a baby.  Most women who exclusively breastfeed are not able to get pregnant until closer to 6mo+.  Really just depends on your body and how often you breastfeed/use bottles/pump.  It’s entirely normal to not have a period while breastfeeding.  I did not get mine back until 7.5mo pp with #1 (when she started sleeping all night) and 1 year pp with #2 (when I quit pumping at work).  However with #1 I had a 7 day luteal phase until I quit puming when she turned 1 so even with a period, breastfeeding can make it harder to get pregnant. 

There are exceptions obviously to this.  Some women do get a period early and are fertile despite exclusively breastfeeding. 

Women who formula feed will normally get their periods back 6-8 weeks pp and would be considered fertile as normal.

Regardless, if you’ve had a period you should consider yourself fertile. PLENTY of women assume they can’t get pregnant (not sure why they assume this!?) and get pregnant again super fast. 

I also think it’s really hard to say with 2nd+ babies.  Some women who struggle to get pregnant with #1 get pregnant very easily with #2 and others are the opposite (secondary infertility).  Also, if you’re older it can be normal to have somewhat irregular periods as well (part of perimenopause).  Something worth talking to your OB/GYN about if you are concerned.

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I have a friend who needed 4 rounds of IVF to have her babies (twins) when in her early 40s. She got pregnant naturally 6 months after they were born. They have both male and female fertility issues so this should not have been possible. They have 3 under 2.

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kes18 :  I was one of those women! Although I didn’t really “assume” – when one of the best urologists in Boston tells your husband that there is no way he’ll ever knock a woman up without using IVF with ICSI you don’t stress about birth control too much lol. Seriously. We did it once. I wasn’t even tracking my cycles yet since I’d only gotten one period! 

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LilliV :  That’s crazy!  Yes, in your case I wouldn’t assume either although it would depend on if I wanted another some day or not.  If I wanted another at some point I’d probably never bother with protection!  I was referring to women without fertility issues or real cause to assume they wouldn’t get pregnant lol.  I am in a local group and there are definitely a lot of uneducated people regarding fertility and cycles (i.e. I’m breastfeeding my 9month old still and I had a period months ago and we’ve been having unprotected sex, could I be pregnant?!?!)

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kes18 :  oh yea we want another which was why we were like “well..ok bad timing, but we can roll with this” lol. I’m part of a local breastfeeding group run by an IBCLC and there is a lot of misinformation about breastfeeding and nursing – for it to be reliable birth control the IBCLC said that ALL of the baby’s suckling needs must be met at the breast, every single time, no exceptions. Any pacifier or bottle use will increase your chances of becoming fertile again. Basically she said in this day and age it’s basically impossible to rely on since at least occassionally most moms will use a pacifier or a bottle of pumped milk or something. 

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Since my son was born, we have gotten pregnant each cycle that we had unprotected sex (I had 2 CPs and a MMC and am currently 9 weeks with hopefully a healthy fetus). That’s a 4/4 hit rate so yeah it was a lot easier our second time round.

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Buzzing bee
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I did. It took me a year to fall pregnant with my son, saw a fertility speacialist the cycle I fell pregnant. Pregnant again at 5 months post partum (one time) and now nearly 31 weeks. 

They’ll be nearly exactly 14 months apart. December 2017 and February 2019. 

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Bumble bee
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A friend of mine also had to do IVF to conceive his first. He and his wife have now had their second and the kiddos are 15 months apart.  

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Sugar Beekeeper
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My Mother-In-Law had to go through fertility treatments to get pregnant with her first. It took a few years to get pregnant the first time and then 9 months after he was born she had a surprise pregnancy (my husband).

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