Getting pregnant isn’t as simple and straightforward as it seems. Just because you have gotten pregnant easily before, doesn’t mean you’ll always have it easy. There are some physical signs that may indicate your difficulty in the future. While some difficulties may be biological, you may also find that you experience mental and emotional roadblocks when the time comes to grow your family, particularly if your previous birthing experience was traumatic.
Here are some physical signs that may indicate secondary infertility:
- You experienced severe back pain during previous pregnancy
Some people experience extreme symptoms and complications that can make pregnancy difficult. Severe back pain is one of them. It is likely that this would recur in another pregnancy. It doesn’t necessarily make you physically unable to get pregnant, but cause a mental block which may hold you back from experiencing another one.
- You’re getting older
Even if you didn’t experience any difficulties conceiving the first time, if you wait a bit before trying for a second baby, you may have more difficulties. Fertility declines with age, most likely after age 35. If a woman who is less than 35 years of age has not conceived after 12 months of trying, or for a woman who is over 35 after six months, it may indicate a problem.
- You have diabetes
Having diabetes can make it difficult to conceive. If the diabetes diagnosis comes after you got pregnant with your first child, you may experience greater difficulties having another one.
- Experiencing difficulties exercising during first pregnancy
Problems such as heart disease, shortness of breath, and inability to exercise comfortably may indicate that you may not have an easy pregnancy in the future. During pregnancy, your circulating blood volume increases about 50 percent over your non-pregnant blood volume and can put a lot of strain on your heart. Although no two pregnancies are the same, this is something that can happen in the future and cause secondary infertility.
- You have high blood pressure
If you have a history of high blood pressure or preeclampsia in pregnancy, or a history of early labor, you may be at a higher-risk at subsequent pregnancies. It may not necessarily mean you will not be able to conceive, but that it’ll be a higher-risk pregnancy and could certainly be something that takes a mental and emotional toll.
- You have a high BMI
When weight is measured in terms of body mass index (BMI), it is a strong predictor of the chance to conceive. The higher the weight, the more difficult it is to conceive. When we look at natural conception and BMI, pregnancy rates start to significantly decline after a BMI 30 (obesity).
These are some of the more obvious indicators of secondary infertility. To know more, visit us at KIMS Cuddles and talk to our experts.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision.