Written by Sara Lindberg. March 23, 2021
According to Kecia Gaither, MD, double board certified OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine and director of perinatal services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, it’s best to space pregnancies 18 to 24 months apart. “Shorter interpregnancy intervals less than 18 months are associated with increased incidences of preterm births and low birth weight babies,” said Gaither. If the prior delivery was by cesarean, Gaither said a shortened interpregnancy interval increases the risk of scar complications, like dehiscence (when an incision opens) or uterine rupture, in the next labor.
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