How Soon can We Try Again?

Cynthia Flynn's picture


Dear Midwife,
My husband and I are both 36 years old. We tried for 11½ years before getting pregnant for the first time (without any fertility treatments tried). I did develop gestational diabetes during the pregnancy. Our healthy baby boy was born via cesarean section 5 weeks ago and we have two questions.

  1. When can we begin to try to conceive again?
  2. How long should we try before seeking help from the OB-GYN?

We want to try again as soon as we could as we feel our age is an issue.

Thanks for your time and advice,


Hi Sarah,
If you are planning a repeat cesarean, you could probably start trying when your baby is 9 months old, but it may take a little bit of effort if you are still breastfeeding (which I hope you are!). If you will be trying for a vaginal birth, you should not plan to deliver until your baby is at least 2 years old.

Once you start trying, I'd only wait 6-9 months if you are sure you are ovulating and having intercourse at the right time with viable sperm.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.