Not ready for another Baby - 5 Signs your Body tells you

not ready for another baby

There’s no real formula parents use to decide if they want to have another baby. A lot of second pregnancies are a surprise one even to the couple, while for other parents it was a gut feeling that the timing was just right for another baby. However, if you and your partner are wondering if it’s the right time to try again but aren’t really sure; mothers, pay attention to what your body is telling you. Women need at least a whole year for their bodies to get back to normal and to recover fully from the first delivery. 

If you’ve waited a year, but continue to experience these issues, then chances are that you are not ready for another Baby – 5 Signs your Body tells you 

1. Your menstrual cycle isn’t regular 

A regular menstrual cycle is crucial for successful conception. If your periods don’t occur on time, it’s going to be difficult for you to track your fertile window period and figure out when you’re ovulating. If you’re not breastfeeding, it takes around six to eight weeks for your period to come back to normal. 

2. You’re back to an unhealthy weight

The rules are more or less the same as your first pregnancy – you have to be in a healthy weight range to conceive and have a safe pregnancy. If you’ve been struggling with being overweight or didn’t quite manage to lose the weight you gained during your first pregnancy, it may affect your chances for another one. 

3. Your sex drive is at an all-time low 

This is true for both partners. It’s said that most couples’ sex life grinds to a halt after the first pregnancy. You’ve either been too busy with raising your first child or are too exhausted and stressed to have sex. If your sex drive isn’t up and running, you won’t be able to have any sex. Lack of intimacy can also drive a wedge between you and your partner, making you feel less emotionally connected to each other. And the lack of emotional intimacy isn’t very healthy for pregnancy as well as your relationship in general.

4. You’re trying, but it’s not happening 

You didn’t have too many problems conceiving the first time, but the second time around, it’s proving to be all too challenging. Secondary infertility is a more common condition than you’d think. Secondary infertility is when couples struggle with trying to conceive their second child. This could be due to impaired sperm production, damaged fallopian tubes, ovulation disorders, complications during your previous pregnancy, age or even excessive stress. If you’ve been trying for more than a year or have conceived but have been unable to complete the pregnancy term, see a fertility expert for a clearer way forward. 

5. Your emotional health isn’t so great 

Postpartum depression is a very common phenomenon among women, after delivery. Hormonal imbalance causes intense feelings of sadness, anxiety, sluggishness and depression. You lose interest in everything around you, including your child. This feeling of depression and disinterest is common among fathers too. If not treated or looked into, it can bring harm to you and your family, and will create anunhealthy environment for the kids. If you’ve been suffering from emotional distress or mental issues of any kind, it is important that you talk to your partner, a loved one or a therapist, before even trying to conceive another baby. 

Give yourself the time and space to recover fully – physically as well as emotionally. Make sure your relationship and family dynamics with regard to your first child is secure and healthy. Most importantly, ensure that your partner too is healthy and adjusting to parenthood well. Got more questions for us? Drop them in the comments!


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