Bayo Ajibola


After you deliver that baby you can’t help but marvel at the beauty in that little creature. The last thing on your mind is stopping yourself from getting another child too soon. Contraception is viewed differently in different societies but it is mostly shunned.

Women have been giving birth since time immemorial and there has been no qualm about getting more children too soon. Fortunately or unfortunately, times have changed. A mother is not just a housewife anymore. Most mothers go to work and bring home the bacon as well, even if just a portion of it.

Even those that are housewives have a busy schedule because running a household is not child’s play. Being a full time mum qualifies as among the toughest jobs with no raises and always being on call. It takes strength to pull of motherhood whether you have another job or not.

Having your babies too close to each other can be very tricky because you will have minimal time for each one. It is very easy to focus on one and give very little attention to the other one, especially the older one. This creates problems with the older child’s understanding of love and their self-esteem as well. It will also take its toll on you and the effect will be constant fatigue.

Fatigue interferes with how you handle your children and other duties. The best option would be to space your children in a way that will make it easier for you to handle. The first method of contraception is exclusive breastfeeding.

When you are constantly breastfeeding you produce a hormone known as prolactin. Prolactin aids in the production of milk but also suppresses the release of an egg. This method works if your periods haven’t resumed yet and the baby is not on any other fluids or foods. It can work for around 6 months at most.

After this other methods should be considered. You can choose pills which are taken over 21 days, contraceptive patch, barrier methods like male and female condoms and diaphragms, natural methods like the exclusive breastfeeding (lactation amenorrhea) and studying the fertility of your body or longer lasting methods like the injection, implants or intra uterine contraceptive device (IUCD).

Different methods appeal to different people so find out more about each method and then make an informed choice. You cannot get pregnant within 21 days of giving birth so it is best to use this time to make a choice.


Bayo Ajibola

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