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Pregnancy planning: The risks associated with spacing
Are you considering having another child? Pregnancy spacing is an essential part of family planning and it can affect more than how close your children are in age. It’s important that you understand pregnancy spacing and what factors to consider before you conceive again. This article seeks to enlightening you on all you need to know about it.
Why family planning is important
To better prepare you and your partner for conception or when choosing the most appropriate contraception, it’s important to ascertain whether you do or don’t want to have children in the next few years.
Family planning, if you’re already parents, takes on a whole new meaning. Introducing another child into the world will change your family’s lives. You must ask yourself if you and your partner are ready to take care of a new-born again and how your other child or children will react to sharing your attention with the latest addition.
The timing between your pregnancies is important for the entire family dynamic. You and your partner may have your own preferences about how close in age you’d like your children to be. Some research indicates how the degree at which you space your pregnancies can affect both the mother and baby.
Risks of spacing pregnancies too close together
There are many research indicators have suggested that beginning a pregnancy within a six month period of a live birth, may lead to an increased risk of:
- Premature birth
- Peeling of the placenta partially or completely away from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery
- Low birth weight
- Congenital disorders
- Maternal anaemia
In addition, closely spaced pregnancies – less than 12 months apart – might be associated with an increased risk of autism in second-born children. A closely spaced pregnancy effort might not give a mother enough time to recover from her preceding pregnancy before moving on to the next.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding can greatly reduce your stores of nutrients, in particular, folate. When you get pregnant before replenishing those nutrients, may have a negative effect on your or your baby’s health.
Risks of spacing pregnancies too far apart
Extended intervals between pregnancies present certain challenges for mothers and babies, which include an increased risk of preeclampsia in women with no history of the condition.
It’s not clear why long pregnancy intervals might cause health problems. It’s possible that pregnancy improves uterine capacity to promote foetal growth and support, but that over time these beneficial physiological changes disappear.
What’s the best interval between pregnancies?
Waiting 18 to 24 months between pregnancies will help reduce the risk of pregnancy complications and other health problems. To balance concerns about infertility, women who are older than 35 may consider taking a 12 month gap before becoming pregnant again.
These risks and recommendations don’t apply to a couple that has had a miscarriage. If you’re healthy and feel ready, there’s no need to wait to conceive after a miscarriage.
How Can We Help You?
Choosing when to have another baby is a personal decision. Even with careful planning, you can’t always control when conception happens. Until you make a decision about when to have another child, use a reliable method of birth control. Contact us today to get advice on contraceptive methods to suit your lifestyle. Find your nearest Marie Stopes centre now or book an appointment online – it’s quick, easy and totally confidential.
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