New mums ‘should wait year be­fore sec­ond baby’ – new study

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

NEW moth­ers who be­come preg­nant less than a year af­ter giv­ing birth could be putting them­selves and their un­born child at in­creased risk, a study has sug­gested.

Re­searchers who looked into 150,000 births in Canada said those who waited 12 to 18 months to con­ceive af­ter hav­ing a baby re­duced the risk of short-and long-term dam­age to both the mother and child’s health.

The study, by the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia (UBC) and the Har­vard TH Chan School of Pub­lic Health, found a short gap be­tween preg­nan­cies af­fected moth­ers aged over 35, while risks to the in­fant were found for all women – par­tic­u­larly for those aged 20 to 34.

The study is the de­scribed by the au­thors as the “most ex­ten­sive eval­u­a­tion of how the role of preg­nancy spac­ing could be im­pacted by ma­ter­nal age”.

It is also the first in­ves­ti­ga­tion of preg­nancy spac­ing and ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity or se­vere mor­bid­ity in a high-in­come coun­try, the au­thors said.

Among women over 35 who con­ceived six months af­ter a pre­vi­ous birth, the re­searchers found a 1.2% risk of ma­ter­nal mor­tal­ity or se­vere mor­bid­ity. Wait­ing 18 months be­tween preg­nan­cies, how­ever, re­duced the risk to 0.5%, the au­thors said.

For younger women, the re­searchers found an 8.5% risk of spon­ta­neous preterm birth – de­liv­ery be­fore 37 weeks of preg­nancy af­ter labour that started on its own – for preg­nan­cies spaced at six months.

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