Women ‘Should Leave at Least a Year between Pregnancies’

“Conceiving again too soon increases the risk of premature labor, stillbirth and even maternal death,” reports the Mail Online.

A new study advises women to leave 12 to 18 months between giving birth and getting pregnant again to reduce health risks to mother and baby.

Current guidance from the World Health Organization recommends a gap of 18 to 24 months between pregnancies.

The study looked at nearly 150,000 pregnancies in Canada to investigate the link between pregnancy gap and the risk of pregnancy complications.

The researchers wanted to see if this link applied regardless of the mother’s age.

Researchers found that gaps of 12 months or less between pregnancies were linked with a small increased risk of premature births, smaller babies, and the mother or baby dying.

The links were broadly the same for older and younger women, but weren’t so consistent.

All of the complications reported in the study were rare, affecting less than 5% of all pregnancies. Most of the women had healthy births and pregnancies.

It’s not possible to prove that a shorter pregnancy interval has directly caused the complications found in the study.

Other factors associated with shorter intervals, such as lifestyle factors or prior pregnancy problems, could have played a role.

The study’s findings may inform general guidance, but it’s not always possible to plan for longer pregnancy intervals.

Women who fall pregnant after less than 18 months shouldn’t be too concerned, as the risk to them still remains low.

This article has been originally published on NHS UK News on 30th October, 2018.

Courtesy: NHS News

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