The waiting game
With many mums choosing to wait until they’re older to start a family, there’s a lot to think about when opting to add a sibling to the team – not least weighing medical risk against infertility risk. But researchers say waiting at least a year between births may result in better outcomes for mum’s
health. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, followed more than 120,000 women with at least two consecutive single pregnancies in a
10-year period. When there was only six months between the birth of one child and the conception of the next, 6.2 per thousand women aged 35 and over experienced
serious illness or injury, including death, which dropped to 2.6 per thousand when mums waited 18 months.