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Pregnant Again Right Away

Finding out that you are pregnant again while you still have a new baby can be rather shocking. Many couples who have failed to listen to the advice of their health care providers in terms of using birth control after having the new baby have found themselves looking at the prospect of another pregnancy. While becoming pregnant within the first months or weeks after having a new baby may not always be ideal and is almost never recommended, the good news is that there is generally little to be concerned about in terms of safety after the first couple of months after giving birth.

Within those first few months and weeks after having your new baby, your body needs time to heal. The labor and delivery process force your uterus and your cervix go through tremendous changes. Specifically, the lining of the uterus may be particularly prone to infection during this time. Not just sex but douching, the use of tampons, or the placement of anything in the vagina can introduce bacteria and cause a uterine infection. Lochia, the material that flows from your uterus after delivery, is a sign that your uterus is healing. When the flow of Lochia is not red in color any longer, it indicates that the uterus is nearly healed. This can take anywhere from three to eight weeks for most women. Waiting for your uterus and cervix to heal sufficiently are important parts of determining when it is safe to get pregnant after giving birth. If you get pregnant before this healing takes place, you are at increased risk for infections or even miscarriage.

Becoming pregnant again so soon after having a new baby is not the only reason to abstain from sexual intercourse during those first few weeks after birth. While advice will vary from one health care provider to the next, most health care providers recommend that you abstain from sex until after your six-week postnatal checkup. There are a variety of reasons for the wait. If you have an episiotomy, for example, it may require stitches. Having sex could reopen the tear and pull out the stitches. The same danger can occur if you have a vaginal or rectal tear or laceration, as well. In addition, many women find that they have a reduced sex drive after delivery. Some women complain of pain during intercourse, even long after delivery. More common is the fear of pain that a woman may have after delivery. The use of lubricants and the woman-on-top positioning may make a woman more comfortable, and allow her to take more care with areas that may still be sensitive.

Becoming pregnant again when you have a new baby can be scary. If it does happen, as long as you have made it through that first couple of months, you should be fine. Regardless of when you become pregnant after having a new baby, you should discuss the situation with your health care provider so that you can have a happy and a healthy subsequent pregnancy.

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