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gave birth 7 months ago, EBF, periods not yet started. Can i get pregnant and if yes, how would you know?

(11 Posts)
nello Tue 04-Oct-11 12:45:35

The title says it all! My periods have not yet started again since givin birth, I have been exclusively breast feeding and now solids too. Does no periods mean that I am not ovulating yet, and so can i get pregnant? If i can get pregnant, how would you know given that my periods aren't here to stop?? confused !!

nello Tue 04-Oct-11 13:07:23


Albrecht Tue 04-Oct-11 13:10:04

Yes you can get pregnant if not using contraception. You could still be ovulating.

Do a test!

nickelbabe Tue 04-Oct-11 13:10:33

what Albrecht said.

ShowOfHands Tue 04-Oct-11 13:11:58

You generally ovulate before your period so yes you can get pg without your periods having restarted. And you'd know by doing a pregnancy test. If you've had unprotected sex, you could be pregnant.

nello Tue 04-Oct-11 13:12:51

ok, so to sound daft...normally you would wait until you miss a period to do a test. You just do a test at any time, given that there is no period to miss?!

Loopymumsy Tue 04-Oct-11 13:15:36

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

wolfhound Tue 04-Oct-11 13:17:02

What Show said. I ebf for a year with DS1 - no periods but pg with DS2 pretty much the day I stopped bf. Must have been my first ovulation. I knew when I began vomiting.... It was all a bit embarrassing at all my MW appointments - they kept wanting the date of my LMP, which was nearly 2 years earlier and when I gave it to them, they'd look at me like I was a fool...

ShowOfHands Tue 04-Oct-11 13:49:18

A period is your body shedding the womb lining and unfertilised egg when you haven't conceived in any given cycle. So you produce an egg and either it's fertilised by a sperm or 10-16 days later your period starts and your monthly cycle begins again.

So I'd test now and then again in 2 weeks if it's negative, just to be sure you aren't very, very newly pregnant and if you don't want another baby, use contraception.

nello Tue 04-Oct-11 14:03:04

thanks all! and good idea showofhands - one test now and one in a couple of weeks.

Squiglettsmummy2bx Tue 04-Oct-11 14:35:47

My best friend was ebf & never got a period just spotting then sickness then bfp. Her dd was born 24th october, 3 weeks before her son turned 1!

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