Method Monday: New Moms (Celebrity and Not) Edition
Congrats to Jessica Simpson on her pregnancy! The pregnancy wasn’t planned, but we’re happy to hear via US Weekly that Simpson is overjoyed nonetheless.
As Korin Miller rightly noted in her coverage of the news for Cosmo, this definitely isn’t the first time a celebrity—or a non-celebrity, for that matter—has unintentionally gotten pregnant again super-soon after having a baby. What we would’ve liked to see in the Cosmo article is a complete rundown of which birth control options are safe for new moms besides “perfect use” of breastfeeding and the two alternatives mentioned, the mini-pill and condoms. Breastfeeding moms can also safely use the IUD, the implant, and the shot.
Obvious challenges of simultaneously parenting a newborn and a toddler aside, having another pregnancy within 12 months of giving birth can mean health risks for mom and baby. And given the benefits of leaving a bit more time between babies (a.k.a. birth spacing), we’d say the fact that some of the most effective birth control methods are safe for new moms is seriously gossip-worthy. Help us spread the word?