Learning more about healthy behavior after giving birth.
Just an FYI, It’s best to avoid intercourse after giving birth at least two weeks or until you stop having blood and tissue in your discharge. It’s also important to avoid it if you’re having perineum pain.
It’s also important to realize that you can get pregnant almost immediately after you give birth so use protection! You can get the IUD put in within 48 hours of giving birth and you can get sterilized right after giving birth as well. You will have to wait a couple weeks to get on other progestin-only methods (only use progestin only methods if you’re breastfeeding) It’s a good idea to use condoms not only for pregnancy prevention but also because you do have an increased risk of STIs and other vaginal infections.
It’s best to space your pregnancies with at least 2 years in between each pregnancy because pregnancies that are close together are not only hard on you but the baby is at a bigger risk for complications and being underweight or premature.
Keep an eye out for more posts like this as I take more classes on antenatal and postpartum care!
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