Ideal break between each pregnancy

November 06, 2015 07:15 PM

Ideal break between each pregnancy

November 06, 2015 07:15 PM

A patient of mine said: “When my eldest son was 10 months old, I became pregnant with ‎my other son. At this point, I was flooded with opinions and criticism. And when I got ‎pregnant with my daughter, when her older brother was 3 years old, I got the same ‎amount of comments and stares, as if it has anything to do with them and not my choice ‎and my family’s. When I was flipping through a magazine, I read a medical article that ‎talked about the ideal time between one pregnancy and another.” Here’s the article:‎

To every mother that wants an ideal family, gives her children the care and love they ‎deserve, and takes care of herself as well: you have to make conscious decisions when ‎planning a family and breaks between pregnancies. This is one of the important issues ‎that need to be discussed and not left to chances. It will affect your health and the baby’s, ‎as well as the well being of the whole family. ‎

Some studies have shown that there are a number of health risks for both mother and ‎baby if the period between pregnancies is less than 6 months. The mother could be ‎exposed to problems in the placenta, complete or partial separation of the uterus, or ‎premature birth, as well as other possible problems. Not to mention mental and physical ‎exhaustion, since the mother is not given enough time to recover from the physical stress ‎of the first pregnancy and compensate for lost vitamins and minerals, like iron and ‎calcium, etc… The psychological aspect is important as well, since the mental stress of a ‎new pregnancy and childbirth can affect the new baby and the entire family.‎

If the period between pregnancies is more than 5 years, the mother could possibly suffer ‎from Eclampsia (pregnancy poisoning), difficult childbirth, or premature childbirth. Small ‎or large time intervals between pregnancies can also lead to a decrease in weight or size ‎of the child at birth.‎

Therefore, we advise you to try and plan the period between pregnancies to be no less ‎than 18-24 months, and not more than 5 years. This will reduce complications that could ‎affect you and your baby. In the end, no matter how much we discuss this, the decision ‎comes down to the couple and their careful consideration an family planning