Health Status OutcomesInterpregnancy spacing, the timing between a live birth and the next pregnancy, can have a risk of pregnancy complications, such as preterm birth, low birthweight, and small for gestational age. Research has shown that short intervals (less than 18 months) and long intervals (60+ months) were associated with higher risks of negative health outcomes for mother and baby.
A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 29.6% of women had shorter than recommended interpregnancy intervals. This report is based on 2011 birth certificate in 36 states and the District of Columbia, representing 83% of birth in the U.S. that year. Nearly 27% of Utah moms don't wait the recommended 18 months to become pregnant again.
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