Study Reveals Danger in Having Babies Back-to-Back
A new study reveals a third of American women get pregnant again within 18 months of their last birth, compared to the average birth space of two to three years. According to some reproductive health experts, the more time mothers allow in between births, the better for the mother’s health and the child. The optimal time is 18 plus months in order for a woman’s body to fully heal and recover—especially if Mom had a C-section. As a mother who gave birth naturally, I can co-sign that it truly takes time to heal. My body didn’t feel “normal” again until well after my son’s first birthday.
Other standout stats from the CDC’s report include state women of color average two and half years or more between births, compared to white women who average a little over two years and also, birth space and age are directly linked—the older the mother, the more space between births.
Bottom line, mothers, spread your births out by two to three years. It’s the best thing for you or your babies.