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I'm Lacey (22) wife to Ted (26) and mom to Owen (4-1/2) and due with boy #2, Cash, February 2nd. I was using NFP before I got pregnant with Cash & ended up getting pregnant because I had finally figured it all out & knew how it was all working, our first real month of TTC was a success. Here's my dilemma though, how do you go about NFP after the baby comes? I don't want to use any kind of BC, but I'm worried because I'll be BFing & because you're not regular after baby is born that I'll end up pregnant again! Any advice or information?
If all three rules apply to you, then you will be ok and considered infertile. However, just because you do the three rules outlined, doesn't mean that it will work for you. I know some women who did everything and AF returned in like 3 months and they were devastated about it. It's really going to determine how your body works and what it decides to do.
Once you get your first AF, then you can start to chart and pay more attention to your body. Your cycles are going to be really wonky at first and it takes about 6 cycles for your body to get back to normal.
Shawna - our resident NFP instructor and nurse - will correct me if I'm wrong.
It's all right except the part about waiting for the first AF. You can start charting and applying the pre-ovulation rules as soon as you no longer qualify for LAM - which may be before your first real PP AF. If LAM doesn't apply, ovulation can occur before the first post partum period - which is why the pre-ovulation rules kick in.
To the OP: welcome!!! Post partum charting is a bit different than what you were used to before baby, but it's possible. Several of us around here have done it multiple times. If you originally learned NFP from an instructor, after having a baby is a really good time for a refresher! Your teacher can walk you through post partum charting step by step so it's not too confusing for you.
Welcome, I am currently charting, using BOM, and I'm 7 months post partum. It's been confusing and everything is very irregular but I'm still doing it and not pregnant! I have had one bleed...but it ended and only one day later I have all sortsa fertile CM! I'm working with an instructor which is very helpful and I recommend it!