Child Spacing: How Long Should A Woman Wait To Have Another Baby?
Yesterday, beauty vlogger Ronke Raji released her maternity photos, and the issue of child spacing sprung up. Ronke had her first child in June 2019 and, on New Year’s day, she released new maternity photos.
Going by the photos, she conceived her second baby just a few months after her first delivery.
Child spacing is a major issue as it affects a woman’s reproductive health. Birth spacing, pregnancy spacing, or inter-pregnancy interval refer to how soon a woman becomes pregnant or gives birth again.
Some people believe that a woman should wait a year before having another baby, especially after the first child. For others, they believe a woman can have all their babies in a few years in a row.
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Health experts advise women to wait at least 18 months between pregnancies to recover physically and rebuild sufficient nutrients and iron.
Also, when children have an age gap of 12 to 18 months, they tend to build a stronger bond. Studies say that when the gap between two kids is less than 18 months, problems such as pre-term birth, small gestational age and low birth weight may develop.
What are the risks of spacing pregnancies too close together?
Research suggests that beginning a pregnancy within six months of live birth is associated with an increased risk of:
- Premature birth
- The placenta partially or completely peeling away from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery (placental abruption)
- Low birth weight
- Congenital disorders
Choosing when to have another baby is a personal decision. When planning your next pregnancy, married couples might consider various factors in addition to the health risks and benefits.
Until you make a decision about when to have another child, use a reliable method of birth control.
There’s no perfect time to have another baby. Even with careful planning, you can’t always control when conception happens. However, understanding the risks associated with timing your pregnancies too close together or too far apart can help you make an informed decision about when to grow your family.
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