How Soon After Pregnancy Is It Safe To Be Pregnant Again?

I think I may be pregnant again and it’s only 2 1/2 months after childbirth. Is it dangerous? I had a high risk pregnancy before. Will there be complications so soon after having a baby? How soon after pregnancy is it safe to be pregnant again?

You sound quite upset about this. Remember that emotions still run wild for awhile after giving birth, so try to calm down and take things one step at a time. First of all, you may not be pregnant. It can take months for your menstrual cycle to return to normal after childbirth, especially if you’re nursing your baby. Of course, you can get pregnant at any time, because breastfeeding is no guarantee of birth control.

Under normal circumstances, it’s not dangerous to get pregnant so quickly, but many women probably wouldn’t consider it the ideal situation. I don’t know the nature of your pregnancy, so I can’t comment on any possible risks or dangers of another pregnancy. Nor should I. This is a matter for you and your obstetrician, so don’t wait another minute — get on the horn with your doctor’s office. I hope the information you get will help ease your worries.

With your doctor’s help, you can plot an appropriate course of action if indeed you are expecting. If you are not pregnant, ask your doctor all the questions you have asked me, and ask about birth control options so that you don’t have another child before you’re ready and physically able.

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