I think Ashley B. purposefully put me in charge of this blog post because everyone keeps asking me if we are going to have baby #3.
So…When DO you get pregnant again???
Obviously, it is up to each individual couple, your family timelines, age, financial situation, how many children you would like to have, how close you want to space your children, ect ect ect….the list could go on and on.
In my opinion, the most important thing to consider before conceiving another child is whether or not you healed from your first child birth. While you can get pregnant right after having a baby, it actually takes the body up to 16-24 months to fully heal from pregnancy and the trauma of labor and delivery. Your body needs to heal and replenish its resources. Not to mention, the first year of having a baby results in sleepless nights and physical and emotional exhaustion. It is always wise to wait until you feel refreshed to get pregnant with another baby.
However, if you wait until the “right time” to have a baby you will never have one. There is never the ‘perfect time’ to be pregnant for 9 months and have a new baby. Something will always come up…a wedding, vacation, job transition…the reasons can be endless. You have to ask yourself, is it the right time for me and my family?
Some basic guidelines to use:
-Am I physically and emotionally ready?
-Is my period back to a regular cycle?
-Am I ovulating regularly?
-Is my body weight close to where it was pre-pregnancy?
-Do my energy levels feel good?
-Is my sex drive back?
-Do I feel physically and emotionally strong?
~Notice PHYSICAL and EMOTIONAL questions are listed twice.~
If you are considering getting ready to be pregnant again, talk with your health care provider.
…And….good luck! We will be cheering for you!