It is recommended that you wait at least 6 months between pregnancies to allow you to recuperate, lose weight and breast feed adequately. If your pregnancy was complicated by diabetes, high blood pressure, premature labor or if you delivered by cesarean section, you should wait at least a year before trying to conceive again.
The birth control method that you choose after delivery will depend on several factors:
- If you are currently breast feeding
- If you are planning a pregnancy in the next 12-18 months
- If you are finished with childbearing
- Your general health status
Birth Control for Breastfeeding Mothers
Avoid estrogen containing contraception as it may decrease the production of breast milk. You may use progesterone only containing products such as:
- Progesterone-only birth control pills (the mini-pill)
- Mirena IUD
Birth Control for Bottle Feeding Mothers
Use regular estrogen containing birth control pills if you have normal blood pressure and do not smoke.
Non-hormonal Birth Control Methods include:
- Copper (Paraguard) IUD
Permanent Birth Control Methods include:
- Tubal Ligation (through an abdominal incision)
- Essure/Adiana (hysteroscopic/intrauterine) Can be done in our office.
Our goal is to discuss your birth control options and plan prior to your delivery. Please discuss these options with your OB provider during your OB visit.