Maybe you’ve seen the commercials or talked with a friend, convincing you to give an intrauterine device (IUD) a try. Maybe you’re just tired of popping a pill each morning. Or maybe you are breastfeeding and need a safe birth control option. IUDs may be the answer for you. Because pregnancy complications are possible with this type of device, you should talk with your doctor and partner before choosing this option.
While closely spaced children can be fun, most of us would rather not find out we’re pregnant at a six-week postpartum appointment. Fertility can return faster than you might expect after you give birth, so being prepared is key. Breastfeeding will impact your risk of pregnancy, particularly if you are breastfeeding exclusively. Be smart about the potential of pregnancy to avoid needing those maternity clothes again too soon.
Childbirth is exciting but it is also hard on a mother’s body and takes time to recover from. Most OBGYNs recommend a new mother wait at least six weeks before returning to regular activity, including returning to work. There are several things to consider when deciding to return to work after the birth of a baby, including a mother’s recovery after childbirth, how well established the breastfeeding relationship is and whether the mother wants more time to bond with her new baby. Financial concerns are always an issue if a workplace does not provide paid maternity leave.