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Old Jul 2nd, 2010, 05:23 AM   1
dolores
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Getting pregnant too soon after birth - Complications


Hello,

I gave birth on the 23rd June 2010 and i really want another baby right away HOWEVER i have heard that there could be complications if you get pregnant too early...

This has really put me off....

I just want to know what kind of complications can arise exactly and how likely it is....?

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Old Jul 2nd, 2010, 05:27 AM   2
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you've only given birth less than a week ago!!
I would be thinking about how to rest and get everything healed down there and taking care of the new baby!
talk to your doctor, see what he says about your idea. good luck! and congratulations by the way.



 
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Old Jul 2nd, 2010, 05:41 AM   3
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i got preg again when my baby was 9 months and had no probs but i do think you should give your body time to rest and recover hun,take time to enjoy your baby,congrats on the birth.



 
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Old Jul 2nd, 2010, 05:51 AM   4
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Thanks - I wasn't planning on trying right now, maybe 2 or 3 months down the line - i want another June baby - Is that too soon?

I've had 2 2nd degree tears and a few stitches inside and out so i don't think ill be trying too soon anyway



 
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Old Jul 2nd, 2010, 07:34 AM   5
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Hmmm, not something I have researched but it is probably like most things and different for everybody.

Some common sense questions to work out whether you are ready:

What kind of birth was it? C-sections take a long time to heal. Having seen photos of a uterus being stitched back together, I can understand why. Traumatic vaginal births can take a while to heal as well. Things to think about are PPH and episiotomy/severe tearing (the latter wont matter as much).

Has the uterine lining built up again? May be a while for it to build up especially if you have had a long lochia.

Has your blood volume returned back to normal and nutrient levels are good? When I say blood volume I can't think of the right terms but what I mean to say is something around the topic of enough nutrient levels so that if your blood volume increases during the second pregnancy, you wont have trouble with anemia.

Just going through a bit of info now and there seems to be research to say that a space of less than 5 months can contribute to low birth weight. In you, there is information to say a significant pelvic floor and abdominal weakness if it hasn't been strengthened in between (can happen to any woman if nothing is done in between regardless of length in between).

Emotionally, how would your family be able to support an extra baby?

If you are feeling healthy enough and you feel your body is able to optimally support another pregnancy then it should be fine.

Still, have a good chat with a doctor or midwife as they will probably know so much more about the subject.

I do know a mother that has two children under 1, right now. It was a shock and she was a bit more physically drained through her second than her first but there were no majour health concerns during the whole pregnancy and she was in no way considered high risk. Baby born at full term and at a healthy weight.



 
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Old Jul 2nd, 2010, 07:34 AM   6
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Hmmm, not something I have researched but it is probably like most things and different for everybody.

Some common sense questions to work out whether you are ready:

What kind of birth was it? C-sections take a long time to heal. Having seen photos of a uterus being stitched back together, I can understand why. Traumatic vaginal births can take a while to heal as well. Things to think about are PPH and episiotomy/severe tearing (the latter wont matter as much).

Has the uterine lining built up again? May be a while for it to build up especially if you have had a long lochia.

Has your blood volume returned back to normal and nutrient levels are good? When I say blood volume I can't think of the right terms but what I mean to say is something around the topic of enough nutrient levels so that if your blood volume increases during the second pregnancy, you wont have trouble with anemia.

Just going through a bit of info now and there seems to be research to say that a space of less than 5 months can contribute to low birth weight. In you, there is information to say a significant pelvic floor and abdominal weakness if it hasn't been strengthened in between (can happen to any woman if nothing is done in between regardless of length in between).

Emotionally, how would your family be able to support an extra baby?

If you are feeling healthy enough and you feel your body is able to optimally support another pregnancy then it should be fine.

Still, have a good chat with a doctor or midwife as they will probably know so much more about the subject.

I do know a mother that has two children under 1, right now. It was a shock and she was a bit more physically drained through her second than her first but there were no majour health concerns during the whole pregnancy and she was in no way considered high risk. Baby born at full term and at a healthy weight.



 
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Old Jul 2nd, 2010, 08:06 AM   7
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My iron levels are at 8.8 right now and im not taking iron tablets because they give me constipation - im waiting for it to go back up on its own

i also suffer from pnd and have had depression & anxiety in the past which is something i need to think about also

I don't know why i want another one right away - i keep thinking im getting too old and i really dont like going through labour and pregnancy so i want to get my kids all out of the way....

i also dont want to go through the later stages of pregnancy during the winter because thats when my anxiety gets worse so thats why i would rather have a June/July baby but i dont want to wait a year because that would mean i will be 31 when i have my 3rd child and that really freaks me out...i only feel like i left uni and started work a few years ago...i still feel/want to be in my early 20s i just can't get my head round the fact ill be turning 30 next June - Thats why i want my kids quick - i thought id have had them all by 30 - i would ideally like 4 children



 
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Old Jul 2nd, 2010, 13:31 PM   8
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i was very anemic after having to have an emergency c section with my son and they strongly advised me not to have anymore babies or anything until he was at the very least 6 months... it can take upto 3 whole years for a c section to fully fully heal or any stitches for that matter.

They say it does depend highly on the birth you just had, how much blood was lost, how you are within yourself, energy levels, nutritional levels whether you're anemic or not etc etc....

i think since uve had tears etc and baby was only born such a short while ago that you should wait at the very least 3-4 months before trying again but make sure you really notch your diet upto purely good for you like eating alot of good stuff rather than snacking on convenience food like ya do when uve just had a baby (i know i did!!!!)

Go for it if u want another and u think u can handle it all then dont let anyone discourage you, just make sure you put your body first, i bet its exhausted right now, i know mine was!



 
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Old Jul 2nd, 2010, 13:40 PM   9
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Gestational complications are one of the biggest killers of women in Africa and a key reason for this is lack of space between births. Women take in the region of 18 months to recover from the effect of pregnancy and child birth and getting pregnant quickly can be very damaging to the health of the mother and the child.

That's the medical side (I work in tropical medicine). The human side - it's been said but you've just done something absolutely amazing. You should be very proud of yourself You deserve and need the time to bond with your baby and enjoy the first months of your baby's life - treasure it because you won't have that time with your first baby again.



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Old Jul 2nd, 2010, 13:48 PM   10
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I have heard it is natural to feel super broody straight after birth to 4 months and that you should wait ideally to those 4 months to see if these feelings remain and also to limit risk of a miscarriage.



 
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