immediately after the childbirth is not advisable. There should a proper gap
between two pregnancies. Read on to know more about the causes and risks
associated with getting pregnant immediately after
pregnancies in quick succession are not desirable for the health of the mother
and the unborn baby. Pregnancy should be perceived as a complex condition where
the female body adjusts and adapts continuously to aid the growth and
development of the embryo to foetus to a completely grown baby ready for birth.
the process of pregnancy the body needs to bear the wear and tear naturally
associated with child rearing and childbirth.
Therefore, it is natural that the body would require a certain amount of time
to recuperate from the challenge and return to its earlier healthy and fit
years is considered to the approximate period that the body needs for this
recuperation. So if a new mother becomes pregnant again that is, before two
years of the previous childbirth, it is a cause for worry. Not only in terms of
the well being of the mother but the unborn baby as well.
Why Does it
There can be several reasons that explain this
situation. Most often it is the lack of protection during sexual intercourse
that leads to consecutive pregnancies. In other cases, a sudden or unfortunate
death of the first born might lead the mother or the couple to consider another
pregnancy. Then again in certain cases, it is the pressure of bearing another
child in the family that leads a woman to get pregnant within a very short
Whatever be the reason, as explained earlier, it is
never desirable to get pregnant in quick succession. Often doctors suggest
against the use of hormonal contraceptives if the mother is still
breastfeeding the baby. In
such cases, couples fall back on natural methods of contraception like
calculating fertile days and early withdrawal; but it must be realised that
they are not foolproof. Therefore, use condoms, both male and female when you
have just begun to have intercourse after your first childbirth. Seek the
advice of your physician on safe precautionary
Risks When a New Mother Gets
After childbirth the reproductive system goes through
a lot of wear and tear. So it needs time to heal before it is again ready for
conception. The lining of the uterus comprises of a very thin tissue and post
childbirth, it becomes all the more sensitive and prone to infections. Further
uterine infection can be triggered by sexual
intercourse, use of tampons, lubricated
condoms, or exposure to any such foreign objects.
Then after childbirth, there is a
discharge known as Lochia. This
comprises of leftover placental tissues and waste blood. This discharge is dark
red in colour. So until the colour of Lochia changes from
red to white, it indicates that the healing of the uterus is still not complete.
This healing can take up to six to seven weeks.
due to these reasons and the fact that the vaginal tissues go through a lot of
wear and tear that the new mother is advised to abstain from sex for at least
six weeks post delivery.
surgical incision called episiotomy is done on the vaginal cavity to aid
childbirth. The stitches remain new and sexual penetration can not only tear
off the stitches but hinder the healing process as well. On the emotional part,
the new mother has
a reduced sex drive, fear of painful sex and the constant worry concerning the
well being of her baby that makes her unprepared for another pregnancy in quick
Therefore, it is for the good of the mother, the
baby, the family on the whole and the yet to be born child, pregnancy should be
avoided in quick succession. After all, pregnancy and the entire process of
giving birth is a wonderful experience. So why hamper the joy or smear it with
fear and pain.