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, based on 2011 birth certificates in 36 states, including Utah, and the District of Columbia, representing about 83% of births, found that 29.6% of women had shorter than recommended interpregnancy intervals.^1^ About 27% of Utah moms do not wait the recommended 18 months to become pregnant again.
# Copen CE, Thoma ME, Kirmeyer S. Interpregnancy intervals in the United States: Data from the birth certificate and the National Survey of Family Growth. National vital statistics reports; vol 64 no 3. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2015. Accessed at [http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr64/nvsr64_03.pdf] on 11/13/2015.[[br]]