How Long Should I Wait Before Conceiving Again After a C-Section?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le.

One of the most common methods of delivering a child is C-sections. This method involves giving birth to a baby via a small cut on the mother’s abdomen and uterus. A C-section is often scheduled beforehand, but it can also be done if the mother is in a critical situation to ensure a safe delivery for both the mom and child.

How long should I wait before conceiving again?

Depending on your condition, the waiting period can stretch from 6 months to even 2 years. This is the same amount of time as many moms who deliver vaginally are recommended to wait. The safest bet is to wait as long as possible to give your body the time to adjust to changes. However, everyone’s condition is different. You should talk to your doctor for the best advice.

During this time, your body will try to heal itself as well as replenish the lost nutrients and produce milk for your newborn. All this multitasking can take a toll on your body, thus, having another baby soon can wreck your body and is not safe for your children.

For example, you may be anemic after childbirth because of the blood loss and the iron transferred to your baby and the placenta during pregnancy. Women who go through a C-section lose twice the amount of blood compared to women going through vaginal childbirth.

What can I expect after childbirth?

After childbirth, you will feel exhausted and sore, not to mention the backaches, sore nipples and pain in the perineum will continue for weeks afterward. Having a child will also put stress on your family and you will need to make adjustments to be a new mom. All these stressors will prevent you from going back to your daily routine.

If you have another child too soon after a previous childbirth, you are at risk of pregnancy complications such as a ruptured uterus or a premature or low-birth-weight baby. Take this time to rest your body and allow it to heal. By giving yourself some rest, you will be able to take better care of your new baby and give the next one a better start in life.

If you do get pregnant again in less than 18 months after childbirth, it is not the end of the world. For some women, especially if they are in their late 30s, having two closely spacing pregnancies make more sense to avoid the risk of having a difficult pregnancy. The best time to get pregnant again is different for everyone, so talk to your doctor about your specific needs and conditions.


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