Mon. Oct 3rd, 2022
How long to wait between two pregnancies

When a couple considers expanding the family again after the first baby, the second, the third (or more), one of the questions that arises when making plans is how long the siblings will get along with each other.

There are those who prefer to have children as often as possible because they believe that it is better for them to share the first years of life, while on the other hand there are those who want to give their elder all their attention for a few years before trying to get pregnant again. There are also those who do not plan so much and trust fate. Whatever the case, if you’ve ever wondered how long to wait between pregnancies , read on.

What the WHO recommends

The general recommendation according to the WHO (World Health Organization) for the intergenic interval (time between pregnancies) is at least two years , whether the delivery was vaginal or cesarean.

It considers that it is the necessary time that must elapse for the mother’s body to be ready to conceive a baby again.

However, it is a recommendation that he makes for developing countries in which the conditions of food and health care are very precarious. In developed countries, where women eat a balanced diet and are healthy, the time could be less .

Between 18 and 59 months

According to a meta-analysis on the birth interval and perinatal complications, the optimal time is not less than 18 months (year and a half) nor more than 59 months (almost 5 years) .

Conceiving a child earlier or later is significantly associated with increased complications for both mother and fetus, such as premature birth or low birth weight.

For every month less than 18 months between pregnancies , the risk of preterm birth increases by 1.9%. For each month greater than 59 months between pregnancies, the chances of premature birth increase by 0.6%.

For periods longer than five years , in addition to the difficulties to re-enter the rhythm of motherhood, to the risks of prematurity and low weight, there is an increased risk of high blood pressure in pregnancy. Check out more article for parenting.

In case of having had a previous caesarean section, the recommendation is to wait at least two years or 18 months , since if the interval is shorter, the risk of uterine rupture during labor of the next pregnancy is doubled.

Less than six months, higher risk

In a too short interval between pregnancies, less than six months , to the complications mentioned above are added an increased risk of maternal anemia, premature rupture of membranes and bleeding in the second half of pregnancy.

Many women believe that during lactation they cannot get pregnant, but this is not so . While the baby sucks, it inhibits ovulation, which is why amenorrhea (absence of periods) occurs, but it is not an infallible contraceptive method. It can fail .

It is known by the name of LAM, Method of Lactation and Amenorrhea and has an effectiveness of 98%. But for it to be effective, certain conditions must be met: that the baby be fed exclusively with breast milk and on demand during the first six months, without breaks of more than six hours, both day and night.

The time you will dedicate to the first child

In addition to all these recommendations regarding what is most convenient from a gynecological point of view, each couple should assess the time they wish to dedicate to each child before seeking a new pregnancy.

Breastfeeding is not an impediment to getting pregnant again, if that worries you. It is perfectly compatible during pregnancy and even after multiple breastfeeding.

And for you, what is the ideal time to wait between pregnancies?