When planning pregnancy during active lactation, it is necessary to monitor the onset of ovulation. In most cases, successful conception is possible only after the restoration of the menstrual cycle.
If you are breastfeeding but are planning a new pregnancy, keep in mind that you may face a number of challenges on the way to achieving this goal. During the period of active lactation, the concentration of the hormone prolactin in the woman's blood increases. In some cases, this interferes with conception.
Remember that for a successful conception it is necessary that the interval between breastfeeds is at least 6 hours. Of course, in medical practice, one has to deal with the fact that women become pregnant with much more frequent latching of the baby to the breast. However, following this rule will significantly increase your chances of fertilization.
If your menstrual cycle has already recovered and is fairly regular, use the calendar pregnancy planning method. To calculate ovulation, keep in mind that it occurs approximately in the middle of the cycle, or rather 12-14 days before the start of the next menstruation. Favorable for conception are considered 3 days before its onset and 3 days after.
If your cycle is irregular, measure your basal temperature daily to calculate ovulation. At the time of the release of the egg from the ovary, a sharp increase in this indicator will occur. Take measurements in the morning without getting out of bed. This will give you the most accurate data.
To determine the moment of ovulation, purchase special tests at the pharmacy. Perform them every other day, starting from the second week of your menstrual cycle, if it is irregular. With regular menstruation, start the express analysis a little later.
If you have been unable to get pregnant for several cycles, see your gynecologist. This may be due to hormonal imbalance. The doctor will examine you, direct you to take the necessary tests and prescribe competent treatment, or advise you to postpone planning a new pregnancy until you finish breastfeeding your baby.