Dear Diary,

After I gave birth, I thought about a lot of things–birth control options weren’t one of them. I asked myself, what will I name my daughter? Who does she look like? Will my milk come in? What else do I need to buy? But birth control methods weren’t on the list. Previously, I used the NuvaRing, which wasn’t very effective. OK, who am I kidding? You gotta read the fine print and follow the directions. If you are one day off, well, that’s one day when you can get pregnant! I wasn’t really thinking about sex, let alone returning to the ring…or a patch…or a pill. But I knew the breastfeeding myth–did you hear that you can’t get pregnant while nursing?–was just that–a myth, and that eventually, if I wanted to have sex again without conceiving Irish twins, I would need to make a decision sometime soon. That’s important. My friend was a reminder. She got pregnant a few months after she delivered a baby. And she took birth control pills! I teased her and said I guess she prayed so much for a baby, the miracle makers up above got confused and put the request through to God more than once!

Recently, I caught up with Dr. Drai to find out how that could happen, well, besides divine intervention. I also wanted to get the scoop on the best method to prevent conception, especially while you’re still on maternity leave.

Hey DFTM Fam–Did you think about birth control options when you first gave birth? What birth control option would you recommend to another new mom? If you have questions or want to share your story, tweet us using the hahstag (#TMITuesday)! You can reach me at @dearmomdiary and Dr. Drai at @DrDraiOBGYN.

About The Author

Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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