Researchers feel women are not waiting long enough between pregnancies
Experts believe that women are not giving themselves enough time to recover between pregnancies.
A study carried out in the United States revealed that many women are not waiting for the recommended time between births before having another baby.
Medical experts recommend women wait at least 18 months before becoming pregnant again to give their bodies adequate time to recover from the previous pregnancy.
A lot of parents like the idea of having their children close in age. Over the years it became so normal in Irish families that siblings close in age began being referred to as Irish twins.
Reproductive health researcher, Heike Thiel de Bocanegra, believes that these kinds of close pregnancies can be very problematic when it comes to the health of the mother.
Speaking to ABC7 Chicago she said;
"That is actually pretty high and very problematic."
During the study carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it was also discovered that white American women had the shortest spacing between pregnancies, averaging two years, two months, while African American and Hispanic women waited at least two years or longer.
Age was also a major factor in the mother's decision on when to get pregnant again as the researchers found that older mums are more likely to space out pregnancies than younger mums.
I think part of the problem is that we don't always comprehend how tough pregnancy and child birth can be on the body and that we need proper recovery time, which in some cases can take years.
More education, advice and contraceptive healthcare for new mums to make sure that have the time to fully recover before they have another baby.