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Signs of Pregnancy in Breastfeeding Moms

Pregnancy By Gunjan Rastogi , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Jul 31, 2012
Signs of Pregnancy in Breastfeeding Moms

Pregnancy symptoms listed here will help breastfeeding moms to identify pregnancy at right time so they can take care of themselves.

Quick Bites
  • Women who recently have childbirth may not experience regular menstrual cycles.
  • If you conceive while nursing, there will be a decrease in breast milk suppy.
  • The uterine easily returns to its normal state for a nursing woman.
  • Breastfeeding exerts pressure on a woman’s body to make her feel more tired.

Do you know if a woman conceives again within the first year after delivery, the signs of pregnancy may go unnoticed? Here's more on it.

pregnancy signs in nursing mothersWomen, who have recently had childbirth, will not experience regular menstrual cycles. Therefore, new mothers must be aware of the signs of pregnancy in breastfeeding moms to know if they are pregnant. Here is a list of symptoms of pregnancy in new mothers.

Decreased Milk Production

If you conceive while you still breastfeeding your baby, you will notice a decrease in the amount of breast milk. This happens due to the collision between lactation related hormones and hormones produced during pregnancy. During the first trimester of your second pregnancy, the amount of milk produced will gradually decrease. Your baby’s frequent hunger pangs or sudden weaning may be indicative of reduced milk production.


Breast Pain and Tenderness

Similar to how your first pregnancy was, this time also you’ll experience breast changes and tenderness. Nipple sensitivity will be severe than the previous time. Onset of the second pregnancy may cause irritation when your baby sucks your nipple. Nipple may be painful to touch and extra sore causing a lot of discomfort while nursing. If you witness changes in the breast or nipple, it is perhaps time to suspect another pregnancy.


To reduce the nipple sensitivity or relieve pain, you may use a nipple shield. Alternatively, you may apply Lansinoh cream on the breasts after every feeding session or let your nipple air dry after breastfeeding your baby. Women, who keep breastfeeding their baby despite the pain, may experience a decrease in pain in the nipple and discomfort as pregnancy progresses.


Uterine Contractions

It is believed that the uterine easily returns to its normal state when the mother breastfeeds her offspring. Uterine contractions are commonly experienced during breastfeeding. If you notice any changes in the pattern of your uterine contraction, it may possibly signify another pregnancy. During pregnancy, the body produces oxytocin, a hormone that plays an important role after childbirth, in excess amounts. This changes the uterine contractions. You may continue breastfeeding even in the second and third trimester of your second pregnancy if you do not have the risk of developing a miscarriage or preterm labour.



Fatigue and morning nausea is among the most common symptoms of pregnancy. Breastfeeding leads to additional pressure on a woman’s body and makes her feel more tired and sleepy than usual. The tumultuous hormonal changes during pregnancy cause a pregnant woman to experience nausea and tiredness. A breastfeeding mother will find it hard to do household chores and will frequently require naps during the day.


If you are experiencing the aforementioned signs of pregnancy while you are breastfeeding, take a home pregnancy test. It would be better to consult a doctor and have a blood test to confirm pregnancy. A doctor’s advice will help you to look after yourself during pregnancy and take care of your nursing toddler.




Read more articles on Pregnancy Symptoms.




Written by
Gunjan Rastogi
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial teamJul 31, 2012

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