Ready for Pregnancy Campaign provides advice on managing contraception post pregnancy
This month as part of our #ReadyforPregnancy campaign, we are providing tips and advice to help you manage contraception after having your baby.
Contraception may be the last thing on your mind when you’ve just had a baby, but it’s something you need to think about if you want to delay or avoid another pregnancy. #ReadyforPregnancy
Dr Anne Deans, Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician, Chief of Service Obstetrics and Gynaecology Frimley Health says:
“Many unplanned pregnancies happen in the first few months after childbirth.
“There are many choices of contraception, and you’ll usually have the chance to discuss this after your baby is born, and again at your postnatal check.
“It’s possible to become pregnant again very soon after the birth of a baby, so it’s important to plan contraception in advance. You can discuss contraception at any time with your health visitor or midwife, or with your GP or a doctor or nurse at a sexual health clinic.
“If you are having a Caesarean birth, talk to your midwife or Consultant Obstetrician about having a contraceptive coil put in at the time your baby is born. It takes a few minutes to insert, is painless and means you are covered for contraception straight away. We advise all women to avoid falling pregnant for a year after a Caesarean birth to allow the scar to heal so having a coil put in at your delivery is ideal. It can easily be removed by your GP or their practice nurse when you are ready to fall pregnant again. Fertility returns straight away.
“It’s a good idea to decide on your contraception options #ReadyforPregnancy”.
Frimley & Wexham Maternity Voices Partnership Co-chair Kate Hargreaves says:
“You can get pregnant three weeks after you’ve given birth, even if you’re breastfeeding and your periods haven’t started yet.
“Breastfeeding is sometimes used as a form of natural contraception. However, it is possible to get pregnant while you’re breastfeeding before your periods start again, because you ovulate around two weeks before your period. It’s important to use contraception until you’re ready to become pregnant again”.
Here at Frimley Health, we have provided advice, tailored to women and families planning a pregnancy. We have developed our maternity website (https://www.frimleyhealthandcare.org.uk/maternity ) which has a range of information about planning your pregnancy, services and support throughout your pregnancy and advice about caring for your baby.