Conceiving Another Baby
After the birth of a baby, it is best to wait at least 18 months before trying to get pregnant again.
This gives a woman’s body time to recover and the next baby is more likely to be healthy.
If possible, try not to wait more than five years to become pregnant again.
If you had a pregnancy loss, speak to your health care provider for more information on when to plan your next pregnancy.
When preparing for a future pregnancy, here are some things to consider and discuss with your health care provider:
- Did you experience any of the following in a past pregnancy or birth?
- Gestational diabetes, hypertension, placental abnormalities or other complication of pregnancy.
- High or low weight gain.
- Mental health concerns before, during, or after pregnancy.
- Smoking, alcohol, marijuana, or other recreational/street drug use.
- Caesarean birth.
- Preterm birth (birth before 37 weeks’ gestation).
- Multiple births.
- Low birth weight (less than 2500 grams or 5 pounds and 8 ounces).
- High birth weight (more than 4500 grams or 9 pounds and 15 ounces).
- Birth defect.
- Baby with medical issues.
- Infant/fetal loss.
- Have you started any new medication or herbal product since your last pregnancy?
- Are your immunizations up to date?
- Have you started a job that requires handling chemicals that may be harmful?
For more information:
- Mayo Clinic – Getting pregnant.
- Your health care provider.