Close pregnancies, what risks?

Close pregnancies, what risks?

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"Is there a danger in having two very close pregnancies?" Our specialist, Anna Roy, midwife, answers Yasmina's question.

The answer of Anna Roy, liberal and hospitable midwife in Paris.

  • In order to found siblings where there is little age difference between children, some couples decide to bring pregnancies closer together. When the previous pregnancy and delivery went well, there is no physiological contraindication to bringing the pregnancies closer together. Even three months after the birth of the first child!
  • It is important that the mother is aware that with these sequences, she will have less time with her baby. Her body will also have benefited from less time to recover and she may experience even more fatigue. Nevertheless, many women manage to lead breastfeeding and second pregnancy without problems.
  • It is also important not to discount the probability, however small, of a multiple pregnancy and whether we will be able to cope with it, especially if we already have a toddler. This is why this decision must be well thought out and matured by the couple.
  • On the other hand, when the birth ended with cesarean delivery, it is medically contraindicated to schedule a new close pregnancy. The uterus is still scar and you have to give it a year to recover. And in cases where this delay is not respected, pregnancy carries certain risks and requires increased surveillance.
  • To schedule another pregnancy, if the previous one went smoothly, it is recommended to wait at least 6 months. This delay gives the mother time to recover physically and morally, to get along with her baby and gives the child time to start sleeping.
  • If the delivery took place by caesarean, it will be necessary to wait at least 1 year. In this case, contraception should be advocated to prevent a new pregnancy from occurring before this time.

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