How long to space your pregnancies 🤔
From a medical research standpoint, experts DO recommend waiting 18 months between pregnancies (and in cases of older maternal age and/or with a history of infertility, 12 months).
According to a HUGE research study that looked at 150,000 pregnancies – pregnancies that occur closer than 12 months together are associated with a slightly elevated risk of…
- Premature birth
- Low birth weight for baby
- Congenital abnormalities
- Other newborn complications
- Maternal mortality
- Placental abruption
Interestingly, women younger than 35 with close interval pregnancies seemed to have a heightened risk for issues with baby, while women OLDER than 35 had a heightened risk of maternal illness.
HOWEVER, while those risks are there, they are still pretty rare – even so, the consensus recommendation is that it’s best to wait 12-18 months if you can so that your body can totally heal from your first birth.
But you know what?? What’s best for YOUR family might be different from this recommendation! Lots of women have back-to-back pregnancies without complications.
So talk to your provider about what’s best for YOU. And if you happen to get pregnant shortly after birth (whether it was planned or not!) – don’t stress it, mama 💕
Any mamas out there with short intervals between their pregnancies?!
What age difference do you have between your littles?
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