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Does fertility always return at the same time pp?
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Posted 30 December 2016 - 09:02 PM
After #1 and #2 fertility returned at around 8/9 months pp whilst BFing (I fell pregnant with #3 the first time I ovulated....) Fertility returned after #3 at 13 months, but this was 6 weeks after I stopped taking the minipill (No contraception used after #1 and #2 born).
#4 is now 9.5 months old and BFing. I stopped taking the minipill mid last month (we are not TTC, using condoms) and am now waiting for AF to arrive. I thought it would have been here by now given my history.
Every day that goes past without it I start to worry that maybe I'm pg! I did do a pg test about a week ago which came up negative (although it turned out to be 6 months expired! But I really do not think I am pg).
Just wanted to hear stories about when fertility returned for others with several children.
Posted 30 December 2016 - 10:33 PM
I've only had 2 pregnancies but no it was/is different with the 2 I've had. DD1 was only 4 months when it came back and DD2+3 are 7 months, still no sign. Breast fed/feeding both. Part of me assumes it's the extra milk I am making for twins keeping my hormones in check, the other part of me, like you, keeps getting paranoid I am pregnant and don't know it.
Edited by Lallalla, 30 December 2016 - 10:34 PM.
Posted 31 December 2016 - 07:00 PM
Lallalla thanks for your reply, it got me thinking that maybe #4 is taking more milk than the others did and so thats stopping the hormones for the moment (she was my biggest by a long way at birth - 4.24kg while my others were 3.65, 3.79 and 3.89. I'm not sure how she compares for weight with them now though).
Anyone else? :-)
Posted 31 December 2016 - 07:38 PM
AF returned for both mine at 5.5 months. I was surprised as both were fully breast fed and milk/boob fiends.
Posted 31 December 2016 - 08:24 PM
I think mine does - my period didn't return until 17 months and 19 months pp and I got pregnant while still breastfeeding both times. DS3 is only 4 months so I presume it will be a similar pattern.
Edited by omongomong, 31 December 2016 - 08:25 PM.
Posted 31 December 2016 - 08:34 PM
Three months both times. I fell pregnant again when DS1 was five months old.
Posted 31 December 2016 - 08:38 PM
My fertility was progressively later following each baby. Around 9 months, then 12 months then 18 months. All BF. Each baby was progressively heavier too.
Posted 31 December 2016 - 08:38 PM
15mths with DS1 and 4mths with DS2. Was expecting the same and was incredibly p*ssed off when I only got the 4mths!
Both exclusively breastfed, but DS2 did sleep for longer periods overnight which may have been the difference. And he was always a quicker feeder who didn't really comfort feed, whereas DS1 would feed for ages and just loved feeding.
Posted 31 December 2016 - 09:01 PM
First preg I think it was at about 9 months pp, bf til 2 yo. Second time, I'm at the 12 month mark, still bf, no sign of AF so far. (Not complaining!) Second baby significantly bigger than first, but feeding patterns about the same.
Posted 31 December 2016 - 11:41 PM
8 weeks after my first.
My ds was soley breastfed too.
I wasn't happy.
My next was also 8 wks. I had put her on the bottle at 6wk though.
Third was most like 10 wks I think? I was combination feeding... formula and breastfeeding.
So yeah similar.
Posted 01 January 2017 - 11:48 AM
Way earlier for my second - but she was sleeping long stretches at night and I think that's the most relevant thing with bf personally. She was a very similar size to her brother, and fully bf, just more in the day and less at night.
Don't discount age being a factor either OP. I presume you're a fair bit older after the third baby than the first.
Posted 01 January 2017 - 12:23 PM
SplashingRainbows - good point! #1 was born when I was 27 and I'm now 34, so a big difference there :-)
The nighttime thing is interesting though. #1 was an ok night sleeper, but #2 was terrible and fertility still returned at roughly the same time.
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