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The safest thing to do if you don’t want to get pregnant soon after childbirth is to use a contraceptive. Many women become fertile again soon after childbirth although others can take longer, especially if they are breastfeeding. In a review of studies published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology♂ in 2011, most women who were not breastfeeding had their first postpartum ovulation about six weeks after childbirth while some ovulated sooner of later. The mean time to return of ovulation was 45 to 94 days after delivery. Important facts to note include. A return of your fertility is a matter of how soon your brain hormones and ovulation, which were suppressed during pregnancy, return to normal. As soon as you start ovulating again, you can get pregnant. It is possible to ovulate and be fertile within a month after delivery and have another baby as early as ten months after that childbirth. Be sure to discuss any fertility concerns and your plans for birth control with your doctor during your pregnancy and at your postpartum check-up.