According to Columbus ObGyn Dr. Otto Umana, mothers should wait at least 18 months after giving birth before having another child because that child may arrive dangerously early.
Research has found that women who give birth within 18 months of having a baby – especially within a year – are much more likely to have a very premature child. They also run a higher risk of having a child with a birth defect or childhood behavioral problems.
Debate about “birth spacing” – how soon mothers should give birth again – has been prompted by a study of over 450,000 women who gave birth to a single baby in Ohio between 2006 and 2011.
The study found that women who had another baby within a year or 18 months of giving birth were much more likely to give birth to a premature child, compared with those who waited to have another child for least 18 months. Your Columbus ObGyn advises that at least a year and a half between children is optimal birth spacing.
Obstetricians would generally recommend that a woman should wait at least 12 months between pregnancies. However, other factors and individual circumstances must be taken into account, such as maternal age or pre-existing health conditions. These confusing factors may determine whether a woman chooses to get pregnant slightly earlier than recommended.
Women concerned about when to try to conceive a subsequent baby should call the office of Columbus ObGyn Dr. Otto Umana today to schedule a complimentary consultation.