Scientists, in a new research published in The Lancet, have suggested that women have no reason to delay having another baby after a stillbirth.
According to the British Broadcasting Corporation, the researchers found no increased risk of problems if women conceived immediately after having a stillbirth.
Although they noted that limited guidance was available on planning future pregnancies after stillbirth in many countries, the spokesman for the study authors, Prof Alex Heazell, advised women not to worry as long as they got the information about why their baby died.
“As long as they get all the information about why their baby died, then the choice of when to have another baby is down to when they are psychologically ready.”
“There is no physiological reason to wait more than a year before trying for another baby. Stress may exacerbate things and so waiting until that goes may be a reason for some to hold off,” Heazell said.
The study authors looked at the birth records of 14,452 women who had previously had a stillbirth in Western Australia, Finland, and Norway over 37 years and found that a total of two per cent of those subsequent pregnancies ended in stillbirth, 18 per cent were preterm births and nine per cent were babies born small for their age.
The researchers found that those who conceived within 12 months of stillbirth were no more likely to have another stillbirth or preterm birth than women who left two or more years between pregnancies,
The lead author of the study, Dr Annette Regan, from Curtin University in Australia, said the findings were useful for clinicians who give counselling after stillbirths.
Regan said women who did not leave enough time to recover after a previous pregnancy could be at risk of poor nutritional status, which has been linked to increased risk of foetal growth restriction and birth defects. But she said this may be less likely to occur after a pregnancy loss, such as stillbirth or miscarriage.
Commenting on the research, Prof Mark Klebanoff, from the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the US, said there were other factors to consider.
“Rather than adhering to hard and fast rules, clinical recommendations should consider a woman’s current health status, her current age in conjunction with her desires regarding child spacing and ultimate family size, and particularly following a loss, her emotional readiness to become pregnant again,” he said.
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