Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about preconception.

How long should a woman wait before conceiving after giving birth?

Though women can get pregnant within a few weeks after giving birth, getting pregnant again that soon should not be a goal.

It’s recommended that you wait at least 12 months after giving birth to become pregnant again, according to Office of Women’s HealthOff Site Icon (HMS).

This waiting period gives your body the time it needs to fully recover from the birth of your baby and to prepare for another pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor to find out more about how long you should wait after giving birth to become pregnant again.

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Source: Gregory Siewny, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Katherine Abtahi, DO, Miami Valley Womens Health