Signs Of Pregnancy While Breastfeeding – How To Deal With The Difficulty

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Before knowing the Signs of Pregnancy While Breastfeeding let’s know if someone can get pregnant while breastfeeding. The answer is yes. Though breastfeeding is a great natural contraceptive (lactation amenorrhea method) there are certain conditions that you will know in some time. For now, the question is how soon you can get pregnant after giving birth. If you are not breastfeeding you can get pregnant again as soon as three weeks, however a report says most women take six weeks to ovulate again after giving birth. If you are breastfeeding exclusively you can get pregnant after six months (When you are breastfeeding the level of Prolactin in your body is high which decreases your fertility). 

Chances to Get Pregnant While Breastfeeding 

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You have to follow certain conditions for effectiveness if you want to use breastfeeding as a contraceptive method.

· Your baby must be younger or 6 months of age. After that time you are much more likely to become pregnant and maybe need to use another method of birth control if you want to prevent pregnancy.

· Your baby must breastfeed fully, which means the baby receives only breast milk and nothing else. Breastfeeding must be maintained with all-day feeding, and no long intervals can occur between feedings which are no longer than 4 hours in the daytime and not longer than 6 hours at night.

· You must not have a period. If your periods start, use an additional birth control method.

After 6 months, even if you are breastfeeding exclusively and your period has not returned, you must use an additional form of birth control if you want to prevent pregnancy. You can get pregnant even before your first period as you ovulate first, after having your period.

Signs of Pregnancy While Breastfeeding

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The signs of early pregnancy can be complicated to detect, but if you’re looking after an infant and your cycle is irregular, it might be more complicated to detect a pregnancy. However, some signs of pregnancy while breastfeeding include 

  • Excessive Thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Missed/late period
  • Breast Soreness
  • Less Milk Production
  • Morning Sickness
  • Cramping
  • Increased Levels of Hunger

All of these signs are pretty much similar to the signs of premenstrual syndrome. So if you are in doubt go for a pregnancy test and consult a doctor. 

Some Health Tips for Pregnant Breastfeeding Mother

If you get pregnant while you are still breastfeeding your baby, there is nothing to worry about. Just follow some basic life practices that will keep healthy you, your newborn, and your unborn baby.

  • Eat healthy and nutritious food
  • Stay hydrated
  • Have a good amount of rest 
  • Choose comfortable positions to sit or sleep
  • Take appropriate care of your breasts

Along with these be in touch with your doctor. In Some Cases, the doctor might advise you to stop breastfeeding. 


If you get pregnant while breastfeeding you need to take care of yourself along with the newborn and the unborn. Your body is going through complexities this time. Sometimes requirements are even against each other for your body as it is preparing you for the new baby and also having to look after the newborn. The decision of whether it is best to continue with breastfeeding or not is something that you must make after evaluating all aspects.

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