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How long should you wait before having another baby?

Before the Pill, women had their children closer together. But the advent of effective contraception meant it was possible to leave a bigger gap between getting pregnant.

This is a trend we’re now seeing in reverse, as women who have delayed motherhood to focus on their careers become aware of their biological clock ticking loudly and are keen to complete their families quickly. Stella McCartney has just had her third child in three years

In the UK, most mums leave two to three years between births. From a health viewpoint, this is ideal.

Studies of women who conceive a baby within six months of a previous birth are more at risk of complications. It’s thought to be due to your body not having time to recover from the demands of pregnancy. Equally, a gap of over five years between babies is linked with a low birth-weight baby.

Babyexpert.com 17/04/2008 11:56:00
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sarahnx
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27/06/2012 at 16:34

This article made me really think alot . I gave birth to my little girl back in dec 2011. and then within a month of having her i fell pregnant again. i was really shocked ofc and at first wasnt sure i was ready or that my body was ready. After a while thou i got use to the idea and happy about the idea i was already 3 months preg when i found out . So i started to buy things and think of names etc . Then we went for the first scan and i was all happy expecting to see my little girl on the screen sadly thou it was just an empty sac they told me id miscarried =[.... Afterwards i spent so many hrs wondering what had gone wrong ... and the only thing i could think of mainly was that may be my body just wasnt ready so soon after giving birth . I mean i dont think u should put a time limit on when to try or anything . But i do sometimes think if id waited a bit longer then maybe i wouldnt have lost the baby xx
hanisain
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23/01/2013 at 22:41

I think if u have normal delivery u should wait at least for 1 year when your first child turns 1 n then try for another baby. In this way age gaps are not too big n woman has to know everything how she did in past months. If u have c-sec then u should at least weight until your first baby turns 18 months n then try for another. In this way your uterus completely heal up n ready to carry another baby.
Chloe Kevan
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20/06/2013 at 22:36

I think it depends solely on your circumstances. You must have enough money to back you up and ofcourse the fact of your body needing to heal. But, by all means everyone is different and if they want another child so soon, let them be :)

I do think that Having them so soon has its pro's and con's though:

Such as, the children will be very close and play together perhaps even in the same school together at same time

cons though, the first born tends to get less attention, besides all your attempts to give them equal amounts.

I have a 14 month old son and I am pregnant with my second now, already feeling the bite! eek
lwareb
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23/02/2014 at 18:54

I av a daughter who is a year old dis year but I want 2 wait until nxt year,cos I just want my body 2 relax
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15/04/2014 at 14:44

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