ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Pregnancy after Giving Birth: 5 Reasons NOT to Get Pregnant Too Soon

Updated on July 12, 2011

Pregnancy planning and pregnancy after giving birth

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.

Reasons not to get pregnant soon after giving birth to your first child
Reasons not to get pregnant soon after giving birth to your first child

#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 years pause is recommended. During this one year period of time, a woman can recover her health status, get her period in normal state after breastfeeding and regain a physical strength for the second pregnancy. Nothing bad will happen if you get pregnant earlier, but the studies show that mothers, who conceived soon after giving birth, deliver smaller children than average.

#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.

#3 both of your children needs you to grow up healthy

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.

If you decided to go with co-sleeping with your first child, it could become risky if you get pregnant soon after giving birth. A child might kick you in the stomach and possibly cause some minor problems you don’t want to experience. Or, you won’t be able to find the position you feel comfortable in while sleeping, because you have to think about the child that sleeps with you or you have to be turned toward your 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 every night and day. It is not recommended either. As baby needs a mother when it comes to sleeping, you may find yourself over exhausted at the end of the day. And that’s the last thing you need when you’re pregnant. With some pregnancy planning, pregnancy after giving birth doesn’t have to be stressful at all.

#5 financial problems can be another stress to deal with.

Depending on the state where you live in, you will have different incomes when you start using your maternity leave. 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 very small incomes for your second child, due to the fact you haven’t worked for some time. That can additional stress your budged and messed up with your planes and needs. And, low incomes can make you unsatisfied, you may not be able to afford something you want to you or your children and new pregnancy can start in not so positive emotions. Finances are one of the things that drives people to start with pregnancy planning, because it can be difficult to meet the needs of the whole family.

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 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 have period so soon after giving birth. And yet, they still manage to carry a pregnancy to term and deliver a healthy baby.

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.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)