Getting Pregnant Again

Doctors and parents haven't come to a consensus on the optimal time to get pregnant again. Probably the most important consideration is your overall health. If you can get back to your pre-pregnancy or ideal body weight quickly after you deliver, and if you can replenish any lost nutrients and vitamins (particularly folate, iron, and calcium) from your last pregnancy, you can probably consider getting pregnant again fairly soon — in about 12 to 18 months. A recent large study showed getting pregnant again in less than 18 months was associated with an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. If you've had a complicated pregnancy, a difficult delivery, or excessive loss of blood, wait until you're in better shape before trying again.

^ Also ask yourself what you consider to be the ideal age difference in your children. Some people feel having children close in age is better. That way, ■ ■ 1 the older child doesn't have so many years to settle into the role of only child and, therefore, may not feel so jealous when the new baby comes. Others feel spacing the children further apart, so that the older child is mature enough to handle the introduction of a new sibling, is better. Most important is how you and your partner feel and how ready you are to take on another child. The decision may involve emotional and financial issues as well as physical ones. Ask yourself whether you can handle the pressure and the expense and can do the work that having another child takes.

Pregnancy Guide

Pregnancy Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Pregnancy. If you suspect, or know, that you are pregnant, we ho pe you have already visited your doctor. Presuming that you have confirmed your suspicions and that this is your first child, or that you wish to take better care of yourself d uring pregnancy than you did during your other pregnancies; you have come to the right place.

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