According to a new study a one year gap between pregnancies reduces risk of mother mortality, premature births and smaller babies.
The study notes that while it is not necessary to have 18 months gap between pregnancies, a gap of one year between giving birth and getting pregnant again helps avoid health risks. The study pubished in JAMA Internal Medicine is based on data from 150,000 births in Canada
According to Dr Wendy Norman, senior author of the study says that findings should be a welcoming news for older women. Norman said that older mothers now have excellent evidence to guide the spacing of their children. Achieving that optimal one-year interval should be doable for many women and is clearly worthwhile to reduce complication risks.
A year or 18 months is being considered as the ideal time gap between giving birth and becoming pregnant again.
“Our study found increased risks to both mother and infant when pregnancies are closely spaced, including for women older than 35. The findings for older women are particularly important, as older women tend to more closely space their pregnancies and often do so intentionally,” said Laura Schummers, study’s lead author.
Since the study looked at only one section of women in Canada, it is not yet certain how the findings will be applicable to the rest of the world.