It is recommended that you wait between pregnancies to allow you to recuperate, lose weight, and breastfeed 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:
Avoid contraception containing estrogen as it may decrease the production of breast milk. You may use progesterone only, such as:
All bottle-feeding mothers can use any form of contraception including estrogen-containing birth control pills provided they have normal blood pressure and do not smoke.
Our goal is to discuss your birth control options and plan before your delivery. Please discuss these options with your OB provider during your OB visit.