Mom Got Pregnant 8 Weeks After Giving Birth
Meanwhile Lucy, 27, has daughters born just eight months apart. Lucy and her partner James, 26, from Birmingham, ʜᴀᴅ sᴇx for the first time eight weeks after Felicity was born in September 2020.
But as Lucy has suffered with ɢʏɴᴀᴇᴄᴏʟᴏɢɪᴄᴀʟ ᴘʀᴏʙʟᴇᴍs and did not get pregnant easily with Felicity, they never thought they would conceive so quickly.
She says: “The condom ʙʀᴏᴋᴇ but we weren’t sᴛʀᴇssᴇᴅ. I had previously tried for a baby for five years with a different partner and it took us three months to conceive Felicity. Plus, I had been ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛFᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ.”
Women can experience delayed Fᴇʀᴛɪʟɪᴛy when ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛFᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ. The NHS says it is possible to get pregnant again as soon as three weeks after giving birth, even if you are ʙʀᴇᴀsᴛFᴇᴇᴅɪɴɢ and your ᴘᴇʀɪᴏᴅs have not started again. When Lucy’s ᴘᴇʀɪᴏᴅs had not returned three months after giving birth to Felicity, she took a pregnancy test, mainly to show civil engineer James she was not pregnant.
The pregnancy started well but Lucy’s waters broke at 25 weeks. Following a number of other ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs — including getting Cᴏᴠɪᴅ in hospital — Lucy gave birth to Willow after an ᴇᴍᴇʀɢᴇɴᴄʏ C-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ at 28 weeks and five days. The baby weighed 2lb 7oz.
Lucy says: “It was a ʜᴏʀʀɪʙʟᴇ period before Willow was born and she had a seven-week neonatal intensive-care stay before joining us at home. My kids are now 16 months and eight months old and they are without a doubt each other’s favourite person.”
But Lucy admits it isn’t easy being a mother to two girls so close in age.
She says: “Life with two kids so close in age is ᴄʜᴀᴏᴛɪᴄ. I don’t breastfeed any more but as Willow was so ᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴛᴜʀᴇ, I exclusively expressed milk for her until she was ten weeks old.