The risk of complications is higher among women who conceive another child soon after a birth.
This is according to recent comments from Dr Sarah Brewer.
The author of Planning a Baby? explained that women who conceive within six months of giving birth face a 60 per cent higher risk of delivering a low-birth-weight baby compared to women whose child was conceived between 18 and 34 months since last giving birth.
Furthermore, the risk of premature birth in increased by as much as 40 per cent.
The comments come after a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that children who are born after shorter intervals between pregnancies are at an increased risk of being autistic.
Dr Brewer advised: "In an ideal world, it's best to recover from the rigours of pregnancy and childbirth.
"It takes at least nine months to build up nutritional status again, as pregnancy increases your requirements for vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and folic acid."
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Private maternity news : 15 January 2011