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When getting pregnant a second time is harder

When getting pregnant a second time is harder

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Due to hearsay, many couples think that if they have become pregnant for the first time without problem, coping with conceiving a baby for the second time should not be difficult. But unfortunately this is not always the case. We tell you in which cases and getting pregnant a second time is more difficult.

We often hear about couples having a hard time having a baby. Almost all of us have some of them in our close environment (if we are not ourselves). The path of tests, consultations, analytics or medication is not easy, but that deserves a different post.

In this we will focus on the physiological, on the most common, which is that two healthy people who follow a healthy lifestyle and who have a baby in the first year since they start looking for it. These couples that YES have managed to have a first baby without difficulties, will it be just as easy to have a second baby? Well, as in so many health matters, we don't know the answer.

Let's start with the positive: if you already have a baby, you know that both you and your partner are healthy and have no problems conceiving. If you have already been parents once, a priori it will be easier to be one again.

It is even common for couples who have had a hard time having a first baby (with or without treatment) have a second 'unexpected' pregnancy, almost without looking for it. And the thing is that hormones play a very important role in fertility, and sometimes taking the pressure off 'I don't know if I can get pregnant' reduces our adrenaline and cortisol (stress hormones that can affect fertility) and that everything flows better.

But as we have said before, the search for a little brother or sister is not always easy. What can be happening in these cases? The answer is not simple, we are going to give some aspects that can influence this difficulty:

- Stress
In today's society, it is common for us to want to have everything under control, including the time that siblings 'have to take away', or if I want the baby to be born on a certain date. And this pressure to have the perfect family is unhealthy and only adds stress. If to this are added other causes of stress (work, family ...), the difficulties to conceive may be increased.

- The state of health
It may be that in the time that has elapsed since the birth of the first baby, your health status has changed or your lifestyle habits are less healthy for whatever reason: less time for self-care, the appearance of some pathology ...

- The time passed
In that time, different events may have taken place that influence our fertility: infections, medical treatments, the appearance of some disease or surgeries that can influence the quality of sperm or eggs.

On the other hand, although none of these circumstances take place, the simple passage of time already influences fertility, especially in women. The quantity and quality of the ovules can begin to decline over the age of 35, although it varies greatly from one woman to another; in fact many women who become pregnant spontaneously with more than 40 years. However, this is not always the case, and time is one more factor to take into account.

Therefore, if the second baby does not arrive, review your medical history and that of your partner: has there been any illness or important health event since delivery? Have you changed your lifestyle? Is there anything you can modify to improve it? If you still do not get pregnant, it may be time to consult a specialist: if you are under 35 years old and have had unprotected sex for 12 months, or if you are over 35 years old, after six months.

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