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New Research Shows That Pregnancies Should Be One Year Apart

by | October 31, 2018

New research shows that for the safety of mothers and babies, that pregnancies should be one year apart, at a mimimum. 

The study, of nearly 150,000 births in Canada, by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health is published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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The researchers discovered that mothers who waited at least twelve months from giving birth to get pregnant again, reduced their health risks drastically, to both themselves and their babies. 

The current recommendation from the World Health Organization is eighteen months, and the researchers from this study said that waiting that long may not be necessary, but twelve months is ideal. It leads to lesser risks of early deliveries, underweight babies, and infant and parent mortality rates. 

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Pregnancies Should Be One Year Apart 

Senior study author Dr Wendy Norman said it was “encouraging news” for women over 35 who were planning their families. “Older mothers for the first time have excellent evidence to guide the spacing of their children,” she said.

“Achieving that optimal one-year interval should be doable for many women and is clearly worthwhile to reduce complication risks.”

The study found 12-to-18 months was the ideal length of time between giving birth and becoming pregnant again.

What’s your opinion on this new study that pregnancies should be one year apart? Let us know in the comments below.

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