Dr. O’Connor

During your postpartum check up, your provider will usually talk to you about family planning or birth control. You may have heard that you can’t get pregnant if you’re breastfeeding, but this is not true. Although it is unlikely if you are breastfeeding, a new mom can become fertile again as early as four to six weeks after her baby is born. Remember, you’re fertile as soon as you start to ovulate again, and it’s difficult to predict just when that ovulation will begin.

If you’re not breastfeeding and plan to take birth control pills, you may get a prescription for them if you didn’t get one in the hospital after delivery. Be sure to discuss other reliable forms of birth control with your healthcare team.

Finally, if you plan to have more children, this is a good time to get your provider’s advice about how long you should wait before getting pregnant again. If you’ve had a C-section, your provider may discuss VBAC, or “vaginal birth after cesarean.” This is an option for you, if you decide to have another child.