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An annual distinction between pregnancies: Study

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |Published: November 1, 2018, 18:51:23 One year or 18 months is considered the ideal…

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Published: November 1, 2018, 18:51:23

One year or 18 months is considered the ideal gap between being born and getting pregnant again. (Source: File Photo)

A new study has shown that there should be a gap of at least one year between being born and getting pregnant again. Mothers should wait so long to avoid health risks. Published in JAMA Internal Medicine and conducted by the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Harvard TH Chan’s School of Public Health examined the survey of nearly 150,000 born in Canada.

According to a report in ] BBC, a year’s long gap ensures that risks such as maternal mortality, premature births and smaller children can be avoided. Dr Wendy Norman, senior author of the study says that the results should be a welcome news for older women.

“Older mothers for the first time have excellent evidence to control the distance between their children. Achieving the optimal one-year interval should be feasible for many women and it is clear that it is worth reducing the risks of complications,” she said.

One year or 18 months is considered the ideal time gap between being born and getting pregnant again.

“Our study showed increased risks for both mother and infant when pregnancies are close, even for women over the age of 35. The results for older women are particularly important as older women tend to more closely keep their pregnancies and often do it intentionally” , says Laura Schummers, the lead author of the study.

Since the study looked at only one section of women in Canada, it is not yet certain how the results will be valid for the rest of the world.

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