Most parents think it’s okay for them to wait years before adding to the family while some think leaving short space in between is the great way to build up their family without thinking of its health benefits.
The time between pregnancies has a connection to early and premature birth, a study from the United States found.
About 53 per cent of women deliver early or prematurely if they have given birth in the 12 months previous. The recommended waiting time between pregnancies is 18 months, when about 38 per cent of women give birth before their due date.
The study looked at 450,000 babies born between 2006 and 2011. About 2 per cent of these babies (9,000) were born less than 12 months between the mother’s inter-pregnancy period.
Researchers do not know the exact reason why women give birth earlier between shorter inter-pregnancy periods, but it is likely that nutrient depletion is the main factor. Premature and early birth can be harmful to a baby.
By waiting at least 18 months between pregnancies, the mother’s body can fully recover from birth, which leads to better health for mother and baby.
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