Fertility after your pregnancy
About 6 weeks after giving birth, you can start to have sexual intercourse again, because your uterus has fully healed and the blood loss has stopped. Your menstruation has started and you are fertile again. You can get pregnant again as soon as 4 weeks after giving birth. However, the effects of your previous pregnancy will not yet have disappeared fully after 6 weeks. That will take about 9 months. If you do not want to risk getting pregnant again right away, you should consider using contraception.
Fertile without knowing it
The first menstruation usually starts again after 6 weeks. However, it might also take up to a couple of months. The ovulation will take place about 2 weeks before you get your period. So you can be fertile again without even knowing it. We recommend that you consider using contraception rather quickly after having given birth. If you do not want to get pregnant right away, make sure that you use contraception when first engaging in sexual intercourse after giving birth. Breastfeeding (including nocturnal feeding sessions) reduces the chance of getting pregnant again, but it does not exclude it.
Information from your obstetrician
During the pregnancy or during the postpartum period, we will inform you about the various methods of contraception. During the follow-up (six weeks after childbirth), this topic will be discussed again. Since October 1, 2014, we are allowed to prescribe contraceptives. You can contact us directly or you can contact your family doctor. If you want more information, please click the tab “contraception”.