The wait­ing game

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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.

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