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What is the ‘Right’ Interval Between Pregnancies?

Family Planning Between Pregnancies

For many, conceiving the first time around may be difficult. So when deciding when to start planning for their next, the fears and trauma associated with trying to conceive the first time may urge some individuals to begin treatment, or trying to conceive, as soon as possible. But, in terms of your own health, is that the right approach to family building?

Recommendations from American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) suggest that all women—regardless of their methods of conception—should wait at least 6 months from delivery prior to conceiving. 

Studies demonstrate that there are poorer obstetrical and delivery outcomes—and even ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology, such as IVF)—outcomes when conception is prior to the 6 month window. The risk/benefit profile is important to discuss with your doctor when considering trying to conceive within 18 months of your last delivery, particularly for patients with a history of infertility seeking fertility treatment to conceive again.

An individualized discussion about your specific medical history, pregnancy and delivery, desired family size and mental health state is key when determining whether it is “too soon” to consider trying to get pregnant again.

Reach out to your friendly neighborhood OB/GYN or fertility specialist, like me, to have this discussion and consider when and how is the best way for you to approach your family building goals.

Author
Dr. Nidhee Sachdev Dr. Nidhee Sachdev Nidhee Sachdev, MD has trained among the most prestigious and diverse medical programs in the country, including fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the prestigious New York University (NYU) Langone Fertility Center in New York City where she conducted research on preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and the University of Chicago Medical Center, where she earned the academic distinction of chief resident in obstetrics and gynecology, and trained under a top recurrent pregnancy loss expert. Dr. Sachdev is passionate about providing individualized, collaborative patient care. She started her medical career right here in Orange County, earning her Doctor of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

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