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Staying Healthy

Family Planning

Doctor and pregnant woman

We want what is best for your family

Family planning is when you decide what is best for your family and take steps now to make sure everyone is healthy and happy today and down the road.

Why should I space out my children?

You and your partner are about to go through a life-changing event. Take time to recover. Get back the strength to care for your new child.

What will happen if I become pregnant again too soon?

Getting pregnant too soon puts a lot of strain on your body. It may also make your pregnancy risky. It is best to give your body time to heal.

When should I talk to my provider or nurse about birth control?

Now. It is never too early to talk about birth control. It is best to decide before you leave the hospital. Or, you can discuss your options at your postpartum visit. This follow-up visit should take place three to six weeks after you deliver your baby.

When do I need to start using birth control?

As soon as you start having sex again, you need to start using birth control. Even if your period has not started yet, you can become pregnant as soon as a month after giving birth. Breastfeeding is not a reliable form of birth control. We suggest you plan the birth control you will use even before you leave the hospital. You may not want to stay with the birth control you were using before becoming pregnant.

What types of birth control are available?

Many types of birth control are available to help prevent an unplanned pregnancy. No birth control prevents pregnancy 100 percent of the time, but several work extremely well when they are properly used. For most birth control, you need a prescription from your provider. Talk to your provider about what choices are available to you.

I used the birth control pill before this pregnancy. Will I need to talk to my provider or nurse about using the pill after my baby is born?

Even if you breastfeed, you may be able to continue birth control pills, but you need to talk with your provider.

What other types of birth control can I use while breastfeeding?

There are many types of birth control to use. Talk about your choices with your provider or nurse.

When it comes to birth control, think about:

  • How easy it is to use?
  • How well does it work at preventing pregnancy?
  • How safe is it for your whole body?
  • Do you want to have more children (and how soon)?

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