Is it necessary to protect yourself from the first days? Is it conception while you are breastfeeding? The answers to these questions will be sought from doctors and experienced moms.
Absence of menstruation and pregnancy
"Lactational amenorrhea". So doctors call the method of contraception, when a woman does not have a period. In many books and the stories of our grandmothers, it is about the fact that breastfeeding reduces the opportunity for a woman to become pregnant at this time. But this is just a delusion. The hormone prolactin is produced in order to strengthen the work of the mammary glands. Thanks to this, milk appears and the work of the ovaries is blocked. Therefore, theoretically, a woman simply can not become pregnant. However, in reality everything is far from being so.
To breastfeeding really had a 100% protective effect, it is necessary to follow such rules:
- apply the baby to the breast at least 8 times a day;
- a break in feeding should not exceed 5 hours;
- Feed the baby exclusively with breast milk without lures.
But let's be frank: who exactly adheres to these recommendations? After 3 months of breastfeeding, the woman regains her menstrual cycle, and lactational amenorrhea as a method of contraception no longer works. Sometimes ovulation can occur, and when there are no menstruation. That is, after 3 months it is necessary to again use contraception, allowed during breastfeeding.
Many women, remembering the stories of their grandmothers, great-grandmothers that when breastfeeding no one ever became pregnant, fleetingly wonder why. The answer is simple. Once upon a time, women gave birth themselves, and no aids were used to stimulate labor. Today, the birth in most cases are with the use of stimulant drugs. This, in turn, changes the hormonal background of a woman and is the cause of a possible pregnancy during lactation.
If the birth is not stimulated, the process will last a day or more. So much and gave birth to our grandmothers. Now mothers and doctors can not wait that long, and the reason is not in its lack. Many women often have deviations from the beginning of pregnancy, hormonal balance is broken. That's why they need additional stimulation. Cervix, for example, can open much earlier than the due date. Then you can not delay - and urgently need to take the child to the light. Sometimes the opposite happens: the cervix is ??very slowly unfolding, and this is also not safe - then the woman is also stimulated.
When can I get pregnant after giving birth?
Practically this is possible in a few weeks. When gynecologists are asked about the chances of getting pregnant after giving birth, they recommend abstinence from sex up to 6 months. Hardly anyone today complies with this medical recommendation, especially young couples. But everyone needs to remember that a return to sex is a return to contraception.
Female body after birth is not restored as quickly as it seems externally. After all for 9 months he has gone through loads and patrimonial stress. In a woman after childbirth, chronic illnesses can worsen. In the case of an early next pregnancy, the probability of a miscarriage is very high. The body, thus, protests, says that he needs rest and the womb is not ready again to shoulder the burden of a new fruit. In early pregnancies after childbirth, premature birth is possible. In short, for at least 6-8 months after birth, it is highly undesirable to become pregnant again.
And after cesarean section?
Some women give birth to a cesarean section in another category of birth and believe that after it other circumstances develop for pregnancy. But you can get pregnant after it. Physiologically this is quite possible, but extremely dangerous! And for the fetus and for the woman. After the COP, it is necessary to plan the birth of the second baby at least several years later. It is necessary to give the opportunity to strengthen the seam on the uterus, to become strong in order to avoid its rupture in the subsequent pregnancy.
If you are serious about the issues of postpartum contraception and want to choose a reliable method, then consult a doctor. In many cases, if there are no contraindications, you can put an intrauterine device. And sometimes, good husbands take care of contraception after childbirth. Why not? A woman deserves such attention!