If you have delivered a child recently and now you find yourselves longing for another, when can we start trying again?
Experts recommend that you should wait until your body has had a chance to completely recover and restore itself, which includes refreshing some of the nutritional stores that your last pregnancy used. This can typically take at least 18 months for your body to be officially ready for the next pregnancy. If you are in your forties and feel like your biological clock is ticking extra fast, you might still be able to conceive without any problem. However, the more time you wait, the greater chance that your fertility will continue to decrease making it more challenging to conceive and deliver a healthy baby. There are options if you have fertility challenges to successfully aid with conception.
If you are seriously considering having a baby sooner rather than later, it is generally recommended to make an initial preconception consultation with a medical professional. This is recommended especially if you have special circumstances, such as older age or previous fertility challenges. Your physician may advise you to wait until your body has gone through a normal menstrual cycle. This may be different for women who are breastfeeding, as this might take a few extra months.
As you are waiting to conceive again, it is a good idea to really treat your body well and nourish it for your next pregnancy, ideally. Focus on things like eating healthy and nutritious meals every day, don’t worry about serious dieting to deplete your nutritional supply, start taking prenatal vitamins if you haven’t started already, and get active with mild to moderate exercise to keep fit and increase energy levels.
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