How long should women wait between pregnancies?
Medical advice varies. The World Health Organization says two years, while the American Gynecological Association says at least six months.
But now, researchers are saying one year is the prime time to wait between the birth of one child and the conception of another to prevent health complications for both mother and baby.
The study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal says the risk of death for women who get pregnant less than 12 months after delivery is higher in women over the age of 35.
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However, the risk of spontaneous preterm delivery and health risks for the baby are higher for younger mothers with shorter intervals between pregnancies.
This can help women who are planning their families know the risks, especially now that more women are choosing to delay motherhood due to careers.
The conclusions suggest mothers – especially those over 35 – add a little extra time between pregnancies to protect both mommy and baby.