Pregnant Again at 5 Months Postpartum (Anonymous)

Age 25, 2 pregnancies, 1 birth. Baby is 5 months old.

Hey mommas! I am new mom to a healthy, happy,and beautiful 5 month old baby girl. My pregnancy, delivery, and recovery were all very easy. In fact, my fiance and I did the deed 2 1/2 weeks after delivery and everything was great. I was exclusively breast feeding until about 3 1/2 months, then started weaning. I had issues with supply since day one. Anyway, my fiance have been talking about the future and we both agreed that we want the kids to be close in age. Our plan was to get pregnant again in March. Well, we weren’t being to careful about sex and now I am about 4 weeks pregnant. We are super happy and excited! But I’m scared about the risks of getting pregnant too soon. I’ve heard about increased risk of autism and low birth weight. I’m scared the baby won’t get enough nutrients because my body is still recovering and the baby’s organs won’t properly form. I’m just scared for the baby’s health. I need to words of encouragement and reassurance from other mommies that have had back to back pregnancies. Has anybody been in a situation like this and want to share their experience? I would really appreciate it! :)

21 thoughts on “Pregnant Again at 5 Months Postpartum (Anonymous)

  • Friday, December 6, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I haven’t been there, but my mom has. She got pregnant with my sister when my brother was 6 or 7 months old. They are both perfectly fine (my brother now 32 and my sister 31)!! You can spread your pregnancies out to the recommended timeframe and still have a sick child (my first born was sick). I had my second child 2.5 years after my first and he has special needs (speech delay big time)…so you can do it all “right” and there is no guarantee. Not trying to scare you or sound negative, just pointing out that your child will come out how he/she is meant to assuming you are good to your body during pregnancy! Congratulations by the way, how exciting for you :) Great Christmas gift :)

  • Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I have babies 13 months apart. They are happy, healthy little people. Back to back babies used to be very common. Enjoy your pregnancy.

  • Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I have. My first two were 1 year apart. So I had a 1 year old and a newborn. I breastfed through the entire pregnancy and still ended up having a FAT healthy baby. My next pregnancy was 9 months after that. My next pregnancy was 8 months after that. My next was 3 months after that…I have 7 children and they’ve all been born pretty close together. It’s hard, but they really have the best relationships of any children I’ve seen. You got this. That baby will be fine. Good luck!

  • Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I got pregnant six months after the birth of my first son. I didn’t have any health problems either time. Neither one of them planned. Both of them are now 10-11 yrs old and healthy! I don’t think you have anything to worry about. In fact I believe it worked out that they are so close in age. They are best friends and worst enemies :) It was really tough for the first couple of years but looking back it was the best thing for all of us.
    Also…My Mother in Law got pregnant 6wks after her first daughter they are both very healthy girls.
    Good Luck!

  • Friday, December 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

    My kids are 14 months apart in age. My son was an emergency csection from failure to progress. Then my daughter was a csection because I developed obstetric cholestasis. She was a month early so a bit small. But now she’s 9 months, my son is 23 months. Both are happy and healthy. My son tries to help with her a lot and they love each other:) he’s not jealous when I hold her and so far they seem to get along great. Hopefully it stays that way as they get older:)

  • Friday, December 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Everything will be fine..I had all my kids close. I’m done having kids now. I’m 25 and have 4 beautiful healthy babies. I got pregnant with my first child(1st n only boy) at 19 just few months after my hubby n I got married. When my son was only 6months I found out I was expecting(we won’t being very careful cause I didnt mind getting pregnant). I had my first daughter at 21 when my son was only 15months old. When she was 15months we were pregnant again..with another girl(we planed). She was born when my daughter was 2 son just over 3. When she was 3months there was a oops n we got pregnant.a.only 3 months after my daughter was born..I’m was scared but became very excited after few weeks..another little girl. I already wanted my
    kids close. N they sure are lol but I’m very blessed n wouldnt have it any other way. My kids were all born natural n all very healthy. My kids weight was good to when born, my son was 8lbs 9 ozs, my 1st daughter 7lbs 14 ozs, my 2nd daughter 8lbs 5ozs n my last was 8lbs 4 ozs. Of course for me I found I had more pressure..more back pain etc for each pregnancy but I still loved it n will miss it since my husband is now fixed. My kids are almost 6..4.5, 2.5 n 19months..they are all very healthy n smart n they play etc..I’m glad they so close..good luck. Everything will be fine.

  • Monday, December 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Thanks everyone. I feel much better after reading these post. I’m really excited! Have our first ultrasound on the 12th!

    On another note, for those mommies with babies close in age, how did your body handle it? Would you say it was about the same as your other pregnancies? Did you have a harder time bouncing back into shape?

  • Monday, December 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

    My body(looks wise) did not change much at all after i had my second second, my 3rd child change breast a bit(like they got a bit smaller) and my last one didn’t change body either. My body(stomach, hips and breast) changed after i had my first, but not after the rest(3rd child made breast a bit smaller tho). I never really had a hard time losing weight, i was 112 before pregnancy and always remained 115 or under when my baby hit 1-2 months(i was 120 with in days after having them). I am now at 109lbs. I did find my body had more aches and pains each time i was pregnant. I had the most aches and pains with my last Grace. Good luck

  • Monday, December 9, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    All I can say is you go barely started DTD at 6 months PP lol! you mustve really wanted it b/c I never ‘felt’ the same down there! good luck though, Im sure everything will be became preggo and that is how our bodies are designed :)

  • Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Mine are just 14 months apart too. They are the best of friends and both were very healthy babies. The first year was hardest, but it was mostly due to a fracture in my back. From all the breast feeding, I developed osteopenia and my bone crushed in my spine. I also have recti diastasis so was in Physical Therapy for about 6 years for back, rib and stomach pain. It was all worth it though. They are amazing kids and love each other so much and are extremely close. They are now 6 and 7 years old. Best of luck to you and drink your milk. : )

  • Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

    ?m pregnant now, i got pregnant 6 months after my son im a bit scared but i want my 4 kids within 10 years this is gona be my 3rd child and im excited because im getting what i want (girl) but yet im still scared i pray all of us have a safe deliver.

  • Monday, April 11, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Just found out I’m pregnant and have a five month baby boy hope my body handles it ok

  • Friday, July 15, 2016 at 10:41 am

    To the ladies still reading this in 2016–
    If you’re in the same position as the one who originally posted I know how you feel. I ended up pregnant with my second baby only after 9 months, I was really worried but both of my boys are healthy and active. Today I am 30 weeks pregnant with my third and final baby.
    I ended up getting pregnant with this baby only 3 months after my second.
    My first pregnancy was Vaginal, but my second was an emergency C-section, so the situation is new and uncomfortable– because I had become pregnant so quickly after a major surgery I have to have another.
    Now my only concerns this time around are, can I possibly tear if I go into labor before my surgery if I do too much and having a two year old and a one year old– AND a new born can I realistically take it easy?
    Good luck to all those momma’s out there about to have and who’ve already had those crazy babies!

  • Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Question for the previous poster, Kat!
    I have a 5 month old daughter and just found out I’m pregnant. I was wondering if you were breastfeeding your 3 month old when you found out you were pregnant? I’m exclusively breastfeeding my daughter and am starting to worry about my supply decreasing. I’m not ready to wean her yet. :(
    Thank you in advance for any advice! :)

  • Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 12:17 am

    Thanks ladies this is very encouraging to know that i am not alone, i just found out that i am pregnant and my son is 5 months and i am very scared. Every time i look at him i just feel so sad and don’t know how is he going to feel when the new baby comes.

  • Friday, December 16, 2016 at 9:06 am

    You shouldn’t worry too much I had my daughter in January and I was pregnant 6 months later my son turned out fine just eat you prenatal and you’ll be just alright.

  • Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Thank you ladies for all sharing your birth experiences. I had to reassure myself that this was not too strange and that we were not out of our minds. My son just turned 6 months exactly a week ago and I am afraid that I am pregnant again. My husband and I have condoms but he does not like to use them at all. So I had been using a pregnancy tracker app. Lo and behold, I forgot to check it the morning we had a go at it to see if I was safe. Unfortunately, I was within the fourth day of my fertile period, and two days before ovulation. I’m just concerned because I am 39 and really was considered somewhat of a high risk with my son due to the fact that I was over 35. Since having him, I have been diagnosed with hypertension and am not sure what this pregnancy will do to my body. We will trust God and count it all joy. This was meant to happen so thank you Jesus.

  • Monday, November 27, 2017 at 8:17 am

    I know this is an old thread, but I would like to know how everyone’s situations turned out?
    I just found out I may be pregnant with my 4th. We were DONE at three. My third was just born 6 months ago and I had complications from pre-eclampsia, so I’m very worried about how this will affect mine and the baby’s health this time around. I was taking birth control while waiting on my husband to get his vasectomy…but somehow the birth control failed. I had been on this same pill before with no issues and came off of it to have our daughter, which we planned.
    I’m just scared and unsure if we even really want to do this again. I have an 8 year old girl, a 2.5 year old boy, and then the new baby girl that’s only about to be 7 months already.

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 12:46 am

    My daughter just had her daughter by c-section she had preclamsia and the baby only weighted 3 lbs 2 ops she’s doing great no problems she’s 4 months but her bp was dangerously high stroke level 200-180. Its still high. Now she’s pregnant again I’m terrified. I’m scared it’s way to soon and the preclamsia might still be there. Plus she just turned 36. Plz can anyone calm this moms worries some plz.

  • Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    I *think* pre-ecclampsia is less common in future pregnancies. I am no medical provider, though. Love to you, mama. <3

  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 1:47 am

    I’m really sad and confuse I’m 10 months postpartum just found out I’m 6 weeks pregnant I’m currently single I need a bigger place I messed up big time now I’m thinking about abortion but I don’t want to do tht the father wants me too I’m really sad don’t know wht I do need help

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