Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Child spacing: good or bad

Chlid spacing refers to period of time or the interval between one child's birth date until the next one. It is an essential part of family planning, according to Mayo Clinic. It means figuring how long you need to wait after the first birth before getting pregnant. How healthy the child becomes may depend on the spacing between the previous pregnancy and the latter. A research published in the Journal of American Medical Association in 2006, found that the physical health of the baby is much better if the mother waits a minimum of 18 months after the previous baby before she conceives him. Research had suggested that beginning pregnancy within six months of a live birth is associated with increased risk of premature birth, low birth weight, congenital disorders and schizophrenia. According to Mayo Clinic, closely spaced pregnancy might not give the mother enough time to recover from the previous before moving to the next. The nutrients lost during the previous pregnancy and breastfeeding might not be replaced and this may affect the health of the baby. Another study have equally shown that women are often anemic for a good year after a birth because of lots of iron allotted to the baby and placenta and the blood lost during the birth. A famous Longitudinal stidy found that spacing kids closer than two years apart was a risk factor for both kids apparently because neither child got enough attention from the mother to create mother - child bond that kids need to flourish. Family Planning experts generally agreed that at least twenty - four months or two years birth interval is important for infant, child and maternal health. Some studies suggest that birth interval less than two years is associated with adverse paternal and maternal outcome. According to Los Angeles Lakers nutrition consultant and the author of Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, children given the proper resources for fetal development are set up with better bone structure, more confidence, and higher intelligence. A new England Journal of Medicine reports that a minimum of 18 - 24 creates better space between pregnancies to prevent preterm birth, low birth weight, and infant death. Sources: Nytimes Food Renegade N C B I Aha parenting Mayo Clinic