hellomagazine.com's homepage, The place for daily celebrity news

Mother and Baby

Consigue tu propio blog en "Cocina y recetas" Register
Follow us: Facebook Twitter
18Aug 13

Birth control for new mums

The arrival of a newborn into the lives of first-time parents is filled with joy and plenty of activity! Mums will spend hours staring adoringly at their little one and making sure the baby has all its needs provided for. However, parents should not forget their own needs as well, and that includes maintaining a healthy relationship with their spouse. A new mum needs time for her body to heal, but the average couple resumes sexual activity approximately 40 days or so after the birth of their child. That should give enough time to physically heal. Of course, each case should be consulted with a doctor.

Birth Control for New Mothers

Birth Control for New Mothers

However, new mums should carefully consider safe forms of birth control. Although breastfeeding is seen by some as a natural form of birth control, it should not be trusted completely. Taking pills could affect a mum’s hormones, which would then affect her newborn. There are several options to consider, and couples should choose the best method for them.

Types of Safe Birth Control

Birth control shots release the hormone progestin, which keeps eggs inside the ovaries. The shot is taken every three months, and the doctors usually recommend that couples decide if they are going to use this method before even leaving the hospital with your newborn. That way the doctor can make an appointment for the new mum to get her first shot and plan her first three months.

Birth control pills are also quite popular, but mums should make sure that they don’t contain oestrogen, but rather progesterone. If the pills contain oestrogen, it could affect the quality and quantity of breast milk that you can provide to your baby. New mums can start taking the pills only a few days after the birth. Once she stops breastfeeding, she can start using the pills that she used beforehand.

Condoms are a tried and true way of preventing pregnancy, and they do not change a woman’s hormones or breastfeeding abilities.

One of the last common birth control methods for breastfeeding mums with newborns is an IUD, an intrauterine device. These also do not affect the hormones and are safe to put in around 20 days after the birth when the uterus closes a bit. To put it in before the 20 days would jeopardize its effectiveness because it might slip and change position and therefore not be a proper barrier.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Write your comment