Many women are under the impression that if their first pregnancy was a piece of cake, their second pregnancy will be easier on them too. But what they don’t know is that second time pregnancy can be harder for many moms than they could have imagined. A lot of factors come to play when one is trying to get pregnant the second time. If you haven’t yet heard of secondary infertility, you might as well get familiar with the term. Here are some of the reasons, in case, you are having trouble conceiving the second time.
One of the biggest things that plays the culprit when you’re trying to conceive the second time is the age factor. It is a well known fact that once a woman reaches 35, her fertility starts declining. The chances of a successful and healthy pregnancy not only the second time but also the first time after 35 become quite meek. So one thing you could consider before keeping years’ gap between two kids is your age.
Hormonal imbalances cause disruption in ovulation. Obviously when your hormones are not working in your favor, your body naturally stops working optimally. These imbalances can be in any hormone ranging from estrogen, cortisol, insulin, thyroid… The most common hormonal imbalances that lead to delay in pregnancy are progesterone and thyroid. This is why it is advisable to keep the levels of both these hormones checked if you want to avoid secondary infertility.
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3Quality of the sperm
Often times, when referring to secondary infertility, male factors are ignored. More often than not, with age the quality of male sperm also declines. It is either when the quality is low or the sperm count is low that leads to problems in conceiving the second time. One of the things that is overlooked by men is that if they expose their testes to heat or take testosterone supplements, it will naturally reduce the quality of their sperm.
Although if you have an infection or two in the vaginal area may not hamper your fertility but it will surely keep you from trying to get pregnant. With time, women are more susceptible to contracting infections like fungal, yeast or even bacterial. However, if they are left untreated thinking it will go away on its own, it will definitely lead to problems in your fertility. So please ensure that as and when you feel you have infection, get it treated in time.
5Issues with weight management
You may have had a fit and fabulous body before you conceived your first baby. But after pregnancy, the baby weight doesn’t completely shed off. And over time it only leads to additional health problems. When you are trying to conceive for the second time, your weight plays a big role. The more mismanaged your weight, the lower the chances of getting pregnant the second time around.
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It is recommended by professionals that if you’re below the 35 age mark, you should wait for a year until you start taking treatments for infertility. However, if you happen to be over 35 years of age and trying to get pregnant for the second time, don’t wait for more than 6 months of trying to get the treatment(s) necessary for a healthy second pregnancy.
How about you? Did you have trouble getting pregnant the second time around? What can you tell us about your experience and what helped you have a successful conception? Let us know.