New Mums Should Wait A Year Before Becoming Pregnant Again, Study Suggests

Despite having scans Fiona Mac Kinnon was told that nothing was wrong

Despite having scans Fiona Mac Kinnon was told that nothing was wrong

Researchers who looked into almost 150,000 births in Canada said those who waited 12 to 18 months to conceive after having a baby reduced the risk of short- and long-term damage to both the mother and child's health.

"Our study found increased risks to both mother and infant when pregnancies are closely spaced, including for women older than 35", said the study's lead author, Laura Schummers, a postdoctoral fellow in the University of British Columbia's Department of Family Practice who carried out the study as part of her dissertation at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health.

'Because the mean desired number of children United States women is 2.6 and fertility declines rapidly in the late 30s and early 40s, women having a child when they are older than 35 years are likely to plan to have their next child soon thereafter, ' they wrote.

"Clinicians should use patient-centered counseling and shared decision-making strategies that respect women's desires for pregnancy, possibly at short intervals in women 35 years or older", they said.

"Older mothers for the first time have excellent evidence to guide the spacing of their children", said Norman.

To evaluate how pregnancy spacing can be impacted by a woman's age, researchers analyzed almost 150,000 Canadian health records for mothers and babies including birth records, billing codes, hospitalization data, infertility information, and census records to find links between maternal mortality and severe morbidity, a rare but life-threatening complication of pregnancy, labor, and delivery.

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

Meanwhile, women aged over 35 were found to be more likely than younger mothers to experience complications with their own health if their interpregnancy interval was less than a year.

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Among older women, the risk of spontaneous preterm labor was about six percent (60 cases per 1,000 pregnancies) at the six-month interval, compared to 3.4 percent (34 cases per 1,000 pregnancies) at the 18-month interval.

The chances of premature birth were lower among the over-35s - at 6% if the pregnancy interval was less than 12 months, dropping to 3.4% with an 18-month gap.

Older women who waited just six months before conceiving again were found to have a 1.2% risk of maternal mortality or harm, while the risk decreased to 0.5% if they waited 18 months.

The study authors advise that this work confirms that different age groups [or women, in this case] face different health risks.

"Short pregnancy spacing might reflect unplanned pregnancies, particularly among young women", said Dr Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Conceiving less than 12 months after delivery is associated with higher risks of complications, warn researchers.

"What is important is that they are aware of the evidence around birth spacing and that they make their choice armed with the right information".

She said women needed access to contraceptive advice to allow them to space their births, if that was their choice, but said in specialist family planning service provision in the United Kingdom was "patchy, with Global Positioning System frequently offering only oral contraception".

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