Why Is Postpartum Birth Control Important?
The simplest reason is there is a higher probability of pregnancy in the postpartum period.
Many people believe that it is impossible to get pregnant again if you are breastfeeding, or until a certain number of weeks after giving birth. Neither is true. If you have unprotected sex at any time after giving birth, there is a chance for another pregnancy. It is possible to get pregnant even if your normal menstrual cycle has not started again.
Not only can that be exhausting on a new mother, but in addition, it can be unsafe to get pregnant right after giving birth. This is especially true within the first six months.
Your body needs time to heal and to adjust. Ideally, you should abstain from having sex at least until you discuss contraception options with your healthcare provider at your postpartum appointment. As far as pregnancy goes, the optimal time to wait before getting pregnant again is 18-24 months.
While plenty of women get pregnant again before that time and go on to have healthy and happy babies, that is not always the case. The closer your pregnancies are spaced together, the more chance there is that something can go wrong.