There are usually two schools of thoughts when it comes to spacing out births. Some women opt to wait a few years so they can truly enjoy life with a little one and recover from the physical aspects of pregnancy. Others choose to jump right into the deep end of the parenting pool, having a second baby very shortly after their first so their kids can grow up close in age. Both options have their pros and cons, of course. But if you're thinking of getting pregnant again (and fast), here's what you need to know about back-to-back pregnancies.
First of all, you should know that, whether you're planning on it or not, you can definitely get pregnant shortly after giving birth. Some women think they aren't yet fertile, or mistakenly believe that breastfeeding will act as a contraceptive, according to Baby Center. That's simply not true. So if you're not into the thought of two little ones in diapers, have a plan in place.
If having your babies close in age appeals to you, don't let naysayers get you down about your decision. Plenty of families thrive with kids so close in age they could pass for twins, even if it is a bit more challenging than having an age gap.
Here are seven important things to know about back-to-back pregnancies.