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Women Not Waiting Long Enough Between Pregnancies

A new study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that although the average time between pregnancies in the United States was a little over 2 years, almost a third of woman waited less than 18 months before becoming pregnant with another child. This is problematic because experts recommend women wait at least 18 months before becoming pregnant again to give their bodies adequate time to recover from the previous pregnancy and to give the next baby the best chance at being full-term and healthy.

Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, a reproductive health researcher at the University of California – San Francisco, agrees and tells ABC7 Chicago, "That is actually pretty high and very problematic." The study also found that white women had the shortest spacing between pregnancies, averaging 2 years, 2 months, while black and Hispanic women waited at least 2 years, if not longer to conceive again. Maternal age also seemed to play a factor, as the older the mom was, the longer she waited between pregnancies.

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