Getting Pregnant Again
If you feel you've just begun your family and would like to have more children, you already know the ins and outs of pregnancy over 35. Doubtless you will feel more relaxed about everything should you become pregnant again.
Before you can get pregnant again, you need to fully recover from this pregnancy. It is recommended that you space your pregnancies out with at least six months between them and an optimal spacing of 24 to 35 months. An interval shorter than six months between pregnancies is linked to having a low birth-weight baby.
It is also a good idea to wait until you are done breastfeeding, since being pregnant and breastfeeding a child can be very taxing on your body.
Before getting pregnant again, take control of your weight. A recent study has shown that gaining weight between pregnancies (even as little as seven pounds, and even in women who are not overweight) can increase the risks for you and your future babies. Weight gain increases the risk for diabetes and high blood pressure as well as stillbirth, and it ups the odds of a C-section.
According to a 1995 report from the National Center for Health Statistics, 3.3 million women in the U.S. were at that time experiencing secondary infertility. This number is up from 2.7 million in 1988.
Secondary infertility is the term used to describe women who have a child but experience difficulty conceiving another. If you try to conceive another child for six months with no success, it's time to see a doctor. Because fertility declines with age, the older you become, the more likely you are to experience this.
Secondary infertility is just as difficult to cope with as primary infertility, but it may be more difficult to find support since women who have never had a child may have less sympathy for women experiencing secondary infertility. Secondary infertility is treated in the same way as primary infertility. Even if you've undergone fertility testing prior to your first child, you'll likely have to go through it all again because your body, and that of your partner, can change.