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April 21st, 2009, 10:50 PM
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How long after having a baby does your body start to ovulate if you are breastfeeding? I know that women get their period back at sporadic times, I think I was almost a year with Kailey before I got AF back, but I know you can ovulate and not have AF... so is there a certain time limit after having a baby that your body starts to ovulate? DH and I have had sex twice and done the pull-out method. He doesn't think I can get preggo and I don't think I can ovulate yet, but am I wrong? Is it possible for me to get prego right now?

TIA for the answers I'm happy either way.
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April 22nd, 2009, 12:45 AM
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Well it certainly does all depend on when you get AF back - and that varies enormously and is effected by how much your little one nurses, whether you use a pacifier, how much solids they eat, if you co-sleep (skin contact) as well as your own bodies hormones and fertility rate.

You can't ovulate and not have AF unless you catch that first egg and get pregnanct otherwise the unfertilised egg HAS to be shed which causes you to bleed.

So in other words - yes you definitely CAN get pregs before your AF, but only if it was about to come and you caught that first egg. Its imposiible to predict when that would be. But the chances are quite low in the first 6mths unless you supplement feed, express, use pacifier etc in which case your fertility returns sooner.

For me my AF returned at 9mths and I got pregs 7mths later, but miscarried. You can ovulate ut still not be fully fertile. I am still here ttc over a year on! But thats because I am stuck in the mid-way point of fertility (ovulate but short luteal phase so egg can't implant) which is rarer.

Jo xxx
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April 23rd, 2009, 10:39 PM
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Oh ok, thanks!!!! Good to know what's going on.
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April 24th, 2009, 08:32 AM
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Jo- great job explaining!

She said it better than I could have!

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April 24th, 2009, 06:57 PM
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Yeah, there's no way of knowing how your body will react. I have heard that the average time for fertility to return is 14.5 months. I just got my first PP AF at over 15 months. I have a friend who was breastfeeding on demand and got her first PP AF at 3 months. My sister in law got pregnant at 3 months PP while BFing her other child. And some people can't get pregnant until they wean 100%, even if it's at 2 years PP.
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