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Wait before you try again

Doctors recommend you wait at least 12 months before you try and have a second (or third baby). Waiting makes sure your body has recovered and is ready for your next pregnancy.

Your needs some time to heal after having a baby, a process that can take up to a year.

Doctors encourage women to wait at least two years, but not more than five years before becoming pregnant again. After a miscarriage or induced abortion, women should wait at least six months before trying to become pregnant again.

Spacing children also allows the woman to better plan her life.

The Mayo Clinic lists some problems that can happen when you fall pregnant again before 12 months have passed:  

1. There is an increased risk of placental abruption, where the placenta partially or completely peels away from the inner wall of the uterus before delivery.

2. A pregnancy within 18 months of giving birth is associated with an increased risk of low birth weight, a small baby or your baby coming early.

5. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can deplete your stores of essential nutrients such as iron and folate. If you become pregnant before replacing those stores, it could affect your health or your baby's health.

Good timing means you are healthly and your body is ready for another baby. Good luck! 

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