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May 15th, 2009, 01:17 AM
Mommy2Dakota Mommy2Dakota is offline
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Everyone varies so much it is really impossible to say what will apply to you personally. I've seen on various boards lots of nursing mums getting pregs with no problems, even early before their child is on solids. Whereas others have to wait or miscarry or whatever.

Kellymom lists three stages to returning fertility

Several studies have indicated that fertility and ovarian activity return step by step (Ellison 1996, p. 326-327):

Follicular activity without ovulation (No chance of pregnancy.)

1a. Menstruation without ovulation (This does not always occur--see below.)

2 Ovulation without luteal competence (After the egg is released, fertilization may take place. During the luteal phase, the uterine lining is prepared for implantation as the egg travels down the fallopian tube and into the uterus. If the uterine lining is not adequately prepared for implantation, the implantation will probably not be successful.)

3 Full luteal competence (Full fertility -- at this point breastfeeding no longer has any effect on your chance of pregnancy.)

It is possible to have one or (occasionally) more periods before you start ovulating. In this case, menstruation begins during the first stage of the return to fertility --before ovulation returns. Cycles without ovulation are most common during the first six months postpartum. For other mothers, the first menstruation is preceded by ovulation - a longer period of lactational amenorrhea increases the likelihood that you will ovulate before that first period.

A very small percentage of women will become pregnant during their first postpartum ovulation, without having had a postpartum period. Per fertility researcher Alan S. McNeilly, this "is rare and in our experience is related to a rapid reduction in suckling input."

It is not uncommon for breastfeeding mothers to report cyclical cramping or PMS-type symptoms - symptoms of an oncoming period without the period - for weeks or even months before their period returns. When this happens, the body is probably "gearing up" for the return of menstruation, but breastfeeding is still delaying the return of fertility.

The amount of time that it takes for the transition to full fertility varies from woman to woman. In general, the earlier that your menses return, the more gradual the return to full fertility.
I have been stuck on stage 2 for 2 years! My PPAF came back at 9mths but I miscarried at 16mths PP because of the luteal phase incompetence. But I have discovered B6 fixes this so I *fingers crossed* seem cured of this now despite still nursing. I only wish I had known much sooner!
But anyhoo, as you can have AF without ovulating you really need to chart or use your OPKs to find out. That will also tell you if your luteal phase is healthy - it needs to be 14 days between ov and AF ideally, or no less that 10. If it is 10 or less then you would be more at risk of miscarriage.
Jo xxx

Seperated June 2010 from my husband. One daughter DOB 26/07/2006. BFP 06/01/2011, due september but 'high risk' for premature birth.

Hi. Im Jolene. 31 years old. I suffered three years of a short luteal phase and didnt think I could get pregnant again without medical assistance but fell pregnant by accident and naturally. I am really happy and excited to be having a baby although knowing Im going it alone this time is a bit daunting and scary!
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