When it comes to pregnancy planning, one of the things that parents usually like to discuss is age difference between children.
Although, the age difference in both cases, either small or big, has its advantages and disadvantages, getting pregnant too soon after giving birth can have some side affects.
If you are one of those women who don’t care about the age difference and still haven’t made up your mind to get pregnant at a specific time, here are the reasons why you should NOT get pregnant until your child is one year old.
#1 there is a certain time needed to recover after giving birth
Specialists agree that the optimum smallest time difference between the first and the second pregnancy is one year. So, 12 months are quite nice period to start thinking about pregnancy after giving birth to your first child. During that time, the body will recover completely if you had a natural birth. If you had a c-section, a two
#2 you need to be in a good health to carry a pregnancy to term
Getting pregnant while you are breastfeeding has its side affects. Due to a high prolactine during breastfeeding, pregnancy after giving birth is possible, if you happen to get your ovulation of course. But that ovulation is not quality enough, your uterus might not be ready to embrace a new life yet and the outcome might be a miscarriage or a very risky pregnancy. This might be the most important thing when it comes to pregnancy planning. You don’t need to spend your time in hospital taking care of your unborn child, while your first child is still very small and needs a mother more than ever.
Women who get pregnant quite early after first pregnancy can feel guilty or just are unable to give as much love and devotion as she would want or could. This mostly concerns mothers practicing attachment parenting. Being pregnant and breastfeeding is possible, but not optimal. If you are breastfeeding and found out you are pregnant, your doctor will probably advise you to stop in order to prevent possible miscarriage. That way you will take away something so valuable to your first child.
If you want to take care of your unborn child, you will probably avoid carrying your first child in your arms and again take something valuable from him/her – yourself and your physical closeness and touch. If you continue breastfeeding and carrying your first child, because you don’t want to let it feel any difference, you are risking your unborn child’s life and your pregnancy. Either way, it is very difficult to meet the needs of your children and yourself.
#4 co-sleeping and sleeping in general can become stressful.
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#5 financial problems can be another stress to deal with.
These entire things 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
But, if you got the period 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.