When do you start birth control after having a baby?

Congratulations, new mom! You’ve just brought a bundle of joy into this world. Your hands are full with feedings, diaper changes, spit-ups and cute snuggles. But amidst all the chaos, there’s one thing that you should not neglect: contraception.

Taking birth control after childbirth may seem daunting and uncomfortable. But fret not – we’re here to help guide you through every step of it.

Why is Birth Control Important After Childbirth?

Babies are wonderful, but bringing another life into this world can be taxing on your body both physically and mentally.

After delivery or miscarriage, your uterus needs time to heal and shrink back to its pre-pregnancy size which can take anywhere between 2-6 weeks depending on how much weight was gained during pregnancy.

Additionally,breastfeeding alone does NOT prevent pregnancy, despite popular myths surrounding the concept.

While choosing a contraceptive method ultimately depends on multiple factors like breastfeeding habits, personal preferences etc., it’s best advised by midwives/doctors [1]to start discussing options before discharge from hospital post-delivery around four weeks following your child’s entrance into this world.

Here’s what should happen at various time points:

Immediately Postpartum

Within minutes/hours after giving birth if vaginal bleeding has stopped (usually within 12 hours) go for an intrauterine device (IUD) insertion for immediate contraception option as IUDs have few contraindications post-birth {Aside: Say ‘contraindication’ five times fast without stumbling} Continue using condoms until follow up visit

An IUD does not get in the way of breastfeeding nor increase risk in clotting disorders/specifically lactation-associated thrombosis.Copper versions suggest over thirteen year duration thus making it a viable option for long-term family planning

The other thing to know is that oral contraceptives taken within 21 days postpartum increase the risk of blood clots so you shouldn’t start them within that period.

One week Postpartum

Post vaginal delivery once bleeding resumes (usually around two weeks after birth) and in case an IUD isn’t preferable, a hormonal contraception can be opted betwixt

Please do remember lactational amenorrhea method( referring to breastfeeding frequently throughout day/night not exceeding 6 hour intervals between feeds/no pacifiers/bottle feeding/or solid food ingestion ) if meeting specific criteria can decrease instances of ovulation but no guarantees yet again

Lactation counseling from your provider may help support this choice. An informative way to figure how likely it will work out for YOU can be our LAM calculator available online

Now that we’ve established when should you consider starting birth control, let’s discuss which options are ideal:

Barrier methods:

Ideal for those avoiding hormone use/risking potential drug interactions [2] Offered alternatives include condoms/diaphragms/cervical caps-given properly they provide upto 85-90% efficacy as well as mitigating threat against STD’s depending type

Condoms made from polyurethane or lambskin (if latex allergy exists): Explain what STI’s stand for (Sexually Transmitted Infections). Emphasize protection mechanisms. It never hurts extra education!

These methods have added benefits:some diaphragms/devices especially in conjunction with spermicidal agents reduce chances associated with cervical/gonococcal chlamydial infections; unlike hormonal methods there are NO contraindications given box ‘o vanilla health.

However their effectiveness relies heavily on discipline concerning routine adhesion/proper usage prerequisites both prior/during intercourse.

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices):

These small T-shaped devices can provide between 99.2% and 99.9% protection against pregnancy, so it’s no wonder that they’re often a popular choice by many new mothers

Copper versions of the IUD last up to thirteen years as aforementioned and are placement dependent-meaning you won’t forget to take it out/insertion does not necessitate surgery.

Mirena is an example hormonal option advised for nursing parenting persons – this releases progestin which acts locally within uterus preventing sperm survival hence fertilization-which string lead may require removal done by clinician

Hormonal birth control:

Most common forms include pills, patches/rings/shots/i.e Nexplanon: Progesterone based contraceptive methods tend entailing lesser risk in contracting thromboembolisms

Hormonal contraceptives have several potential benefits:regularity/lessened cramps/migraines/heavy bleeding/kills chances of cancerous growth on reproductive organs {added bonus}. Let us take the opportunity however to mention some cons:

Increase appetite ~ adverse effect therefore requiring diet alteration; increased acne/bloating/decrease HDL levels/some loss of libido amidst others are negative side effects associated with your body adjusting these hormone changes

As well they aren’t second guessing after intercourse whether or not you would engage in family planning anytime soon.

Special consideration for progestin only options :

Micronor/Nora-be shots have window period reserved upon administration-based on serial evaluation conducted since late doses cause unwanted pregnancy. It’s important NOT miss squeaky clean timings.i.e Doc recommends group yoga sessions spanning throughout day indicating lunch time being shot timing.

Regular consistent contraception consultations certainly beneficial especially when symptoms emerge – severe headaches/seemingly unrelated abdominal pain/vision alterations among other such events including fertility examinations following stopping contraceptives encouraged.

Whilst new arrivals can be truly exciting, unpredictable baby-induced schedules may affect even the best laid plans for contraception. It is important to take careful consideration of your choices when it comes to postpartum birth control – making sure what works best for you and your family

We’d highly recommend seeking consultation with a healthcare practitioner who’ll help guide you through opting safe contraception method within timely manner, especially keeping in mind unique maternal history – discussing potential drug interactions, age/personal preference etc.

It’s not always easy but investing time-exploring this area critically-is worthwhile investment in one’s reproductive health {and peace of mind as well}.