Need Postpartum NFP Refresher

Question

My name is Amanda and my husband and I are devout Catholics looking into starting NFP. I have 15-month-old boy/girl twins and just had another child (a boy) on the 14th of August this year. Both of my pregnancies went great. It was after I delivered the babies that I had problems. I hemmhoraged really bad with both births right after they were delivered. This last time was very serious and I almost needed a hysterectomy. I delivered both times vaginally as well. My son was born just a little over a week ago and I am still recovering and bleeding.
My question is…I would LOVE to start using NFP so as to space out the next pregnancy. I know I want more children just not right now. I need time for my body to heal and I need to figure out why I hemmhorage after delivering. It’s very scary to think that I might not be here to raise my children if anything were to happen to me again with another pregnancy and delivery. When do I start charting and using a basal body thermometer since I am only two weeks post-partum? And if there are any other tips you can give me about using NFP they would be greatly appreciated.

I went through the course once about three to four years ago when my husband and I were engaged, but I probably need a refresher course.

Thanks so much.

Amanda

Answer

Dear Amanda,

Congratulations on the birth of your son!

You should begin charting again as soon as the lochia has subsided enough so you can make a good observation of the cervical mucus. A refresher course is a great plan and it would be best if you could personally contact a Sympto-Thermal teacher in your area since you are familiar with using the basal thermometer then you can review the charting procedure and how to make accurate observations of your mucus and/or temperature. You also might be able to do an on-line refresher but meeting one-on-one is always the most helpful. Since you have a serious reason to delay a pregnancy at this time it would be best if you also had a NaProTech trained doctor. http://www.naprotechnology.com/

Our web site has a list by region of NFP doctors and teachers here in California. If you live out of state go to www.omsoul.com.

Judy Wilmurt

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Judy Wilmurt
Judy Wilmurt, Professional Member of CANFP, and past member of the Executive Board, taught the Creighton Model FertilityCare System of NFP in the Oakland region, wherre she resides with her husband Eric.

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