The age difference between children, either big or small, has its advantages and disadvantages and getting pregnant too soon after giving birth can have some side effects. If you are one of those women who don’t care about the age difference between your children and still haven’t thought about Pregnancy Planning, here are 5 reasons why you should NOT get pregnant until your first child has turned a year old.
- Recovery From Child Birth: Specialists agree that the optimum smallest time difference between the first and the second pregnancy is one year. So take 12 months before you can start planning your next pregnancy after giving birth. During that time, your body will recover completely if you had a natural birth. if you had a C-Section, a two year pause is recommended. The one year break will give the mother enough time to recover her health status, get her period in normal state after breastfeeding and regain physical strength for the second pregnancy. Studies show that mothers who conceived soon after giving birth, delivered smaller children than average.
- Mother’s Health: Due to high prolactin during breastfeeding, pregnancy after giving birth is possible but can have its side effects. Even if you get your ovulation, it isn’t of the best quality and your uterus might not be ready to embrace a new life yet. This can result in a miscarriage or a very risky pregnancy. Do not do this to yourself and to your young child who needs a mother more than ever, as you might have to spend your time in a hospital caring for an unborn baby.
- Health of The Children: Being pregnant and breastfeeding is possible, but isn’t optimal. If you are breastfeeding and you found out that you’re pregnant, your doctor would advice you to stop breastfeeding in order to prevent a miscarriage. Doing this will take away something so precious to your first child. Women who get pregnant quite early after first pregnancy feel guilty for being unable to provide their baby with as much love and devotion as it needs. Discounting breastfeeding, not being able to carry the baby (you would be advised not to do so) and not providing it with physical closeness is like depriving the child of things that are valuable for its development. If you continue to breastfeed while pregnant, you will risk the life of the unborn child. Either way, it is very difficult to meet the needs of your children and yourself.
- Sleeping Arrangements: Co-sleeping with your child while pregnant could be hazardous as the child may kick you in the stomach and possibly cause some minor problems you don’t want to experience. Finding a comfortable position would prove difficult as you need to think of the child that sleeps with you as you would have to be turned towards the child. If your child is still very small, and rocking is the only way to put him/her a sleep, it can be very hard to handle all that, because as a pregnant woman, it is not easy to carry a child all day and through the night. It is not recommended either. The last thing you need when you’re pregnant is exhaustion and stress. With some Pregnancy Planning, pregnancy after giving birth doesn’t have to be stressful at all.
- Managing Finances: In some countries, you need to work for a certain period of time to be entitled to get the money during your maternity leave. If you get pregnant while you’re still on your maternity leave with your first child, you might get lesser income for your second child, due to the fact that you haven’t worked for some time. This can induce additional stress when you are not able to focus on your plan while trying to adjust budgets. Low incomes can demotivate us, and even more so when we cannot afford to meet the needs of the whole family. With Pregnancy Planning, you can ensure you can provide your children with the best of facilities, comforts and all the love they deserve as it is essential to welcome your unborn child into a positive environment.
These points don’t necessarily mean that getting pregnant during the first few months after giving birth is not normal, bad for the mother and a child or impossible to handle. Thousands of mothers experience pregnancy after giving birth to their babies and they get pregnant mostly by accident, when they don’t expect to ovulate and menstruate soon after giving birth. And yet, they still manage to carry a pregnancy to term and deliver a healthy baby.
But, if you began menstruation quite early, and are aware that you might get pregnant, but at the same time you are using protection, these are the things that you might consider if you start deciding upon your second pregnancy.