Difficulty Getting Pregnant after First Baby






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Becoming pregnant is very exciting. However, if you are having difficulty conceiving and you have already had a child, this can be a very confusing time. It is common to think that since you had no problem conceiving your first child, that you will not have issues having more, but most often this is not the case.

1. Reasons for the Trouble

There are many reasons that women have trouble conceiving a second child. One of the most common reasons for these issues is due to irregular ovulation and in fact this is the leading cause of fertility problems. When you are dealing with this issue, there are many things that you can do to help your cycle become regular; everything from dietary changes to medication.


Another issue that often plagues women who are looking to become pregnant with their second child is their age. Often, we forget to keep in mind that our bodies change as we age. This aging process also includes our reproductive system, which tends to not work as well when we become older.

The closer we come to reaching the age of 35, the harder that it becomes for us to become pregnant. Since you were younger when you had your first child than you were when you are trying to have your second, this could make becoming pregnant more difficult.

2. Secondary Issues

It is also possible that you have developed other fertility issues since you had your first child. You may have even had unknown issues at the time and were able to get pregnant simply due to luck. Sometimes complications with your first pregnancy can play a huge role in how fertile you are with your second attempt at pregnancy.


Also added stress can be a huge issue when you are trying to conceive. Think back to your first pregnancy and compare your stress levels. Do you find that you had less stress during the time you were trying to conceive for your first child? If so, think about the ways that you can lower your stress as it was when you are trying to become pregnant the first go round.

3. Weight, Diet and Exercise

Other issues that may cause problems with a second pregnancy are related to weight and diet. If you have had major changes to your weight since you were last pregnant, you may find it more difficult to conceive again.

Both women who are underweight as well as those who are overweight struggle with this problem and it is best to get yourself to a healthy weight before trying to become pregnant. You should also consider your diet as well. What changes have you made in regards to your diet, since you were first pregnant? You should try to eat as many healthy, nutrient-filled foods as possible.


Many of the vitamins that are found in these foods are important to the health of your reproductive organs. By increasing the amount of nutrients that you take in, you can improve your chances of conceiving. You should also be taking a prenatal vitamin while you are trying to conceive as well.

Exercise can also play an important role in becoming pregnant. While you should maintain an active lifestyle, it is important that you avoid too many strenuous workouts. Working out excessively can throw your hormones off balance and make it more difficult to maintain a regular ovulation cycle.

4. When should I get help?

If you are aware that you are not ovulating or that your cycle is irregular, it is best for you to talk to your doctor in order to determine if medication can help regulate your cycle. However, when you are trying to become pregnant, it is usually suggested that you wait for a year before you begin looking for medical help.


Although this may be frustrating, most couples are able to become pregnant in this year and the majority of those trying become pregnant on their own within 18 months. However, if you are over the age of 35, you should seek medical attention after trying to become pregnant for six months.

5. Conclusion

When you are looking to become pregnant with your second child, it can be extremely frustrating to learn that you are having problems conceiving. However, you should try to be as patient as possible and continue trying regularly.

While it may not have taken very long to become pregnant with your first child, it is very common to have difficulties with your second. Be sure to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing other issues, however.

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Valerie Wisniewski, RN

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.