But really, what is the Ideal age gap between siblings?
This question of how long should I wait before having another baby resounds among newly married people.
It is common, especially with those without exact clarity on how to go about child spacing.
But then who can answer these questions perfectly if not you, yes you!!!🤷🏻♀️
To be able to determine the ideal age gap between siblings, there are certain things to consider.
This article will dwell on those things that you need to consider to determine the best age gap between siblings.
So sit tight, get a glass, and take a sip as you peruse through these points and make your own decisions.
What to consider to determine the ideal age gap between siblings
1. Medical Factors:
The medical factors here, baby girl, are significant factors to consider when deciding on child spacing.
I would be outlining some medical concerns which could occur as a result of short child spacing.
i. Uterine eruption, which occurs as a result of a previous CS:
A mom who has had a first or previous child with a C.S is advised medically to wait for another 24 months before trying to conceive again.
This gap is necessary so that you are sure that your stitches are adequately healed.
Also, it helps to avoid breaking the stitched part from the previous cesarean section.
And when you become pregnant again, you need to really take care of yourself.
Check out this article to learn some tips that will help you to maintain a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy.
ii. Placenta abruption:
The placenta partially or completely peels away from the inner wall of the uterus before your child is due for delivery.
Furthermore, according to our medical friends, little spacing between childbirth leads to low birth weight of the new baby.
Schizophrenia is a medical condition of mental disorder that affects how people think, behave and react.
It can also be connected to a bit of spacing time between pregnancies.
People with this disorder are termed to have lost touch with reality.
Mamma, your family, needs you ultimately and whole, no go do pass yourself. 😂
iv. Maternal anaemia:
Another Medical condition that results from little spacing time is Maternal anaemia.
This is a condition in which you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to your body’s tissues.
That is because you have not gained back the loss of red blood cells from your previous pregnancy.
v. Autism in babies:
Have you ever thought about the course of autism?
Here is what I found out from a recent study…
Closely spaced pregnancies might be associated with an increased risk of autism in second-born children.
The risk is highest for pregnancies spaced less than 12 months apart.
Closely spaced pregnancies might not give a mom enough time to recover from the previous pregnancy before moving on to the next.
For example, pregnancy and breastfeeding can reduce your stores of nutrients, particularly folate.
If you become pregnant before replacing those stores, it could affect your health or your baby’s health.
So, after considering those mentioned above for the ideal age gap between children, my suggestions would be a 2-3 years gap.
2. Financial factor:
Mamma, the truth is stated clearly, that childbirth comes with significant financial responsibility.
So, before you take on another journey of birthing another child, ask yourself these genuine questions;
- Can you comfortably carry on the responsibility of having another child? Putt into consideration your current income and expenditures right now.
- I mean, are you OK with two kids in diapers at the same time?
- Have you settled on the financial responsibility from the past pregnancy?
If it would take you 3-5 years to recover from your previous birth expenditures, then give yourself that same time-space before trying to get pregnant.
3. Emotional factor:
This factor can easily be overlooked, but it is something moms need to pay close attention to.
It’s a simple question: Have you gotten over the pain, fear, stress, etc., that came with your first or previous pregnancy?
If you don’t give yourself time to heal properly, then it may lead to worry and depression.
So, give yourself some more time for emotional healing.
Your emotional healing time is different from mine or any other mom.
So, if you are emotionally stable in one year and every other factor checks out, then it is okay to go for a goal again. 😉
For a lot of women, maternal age also plays a major role in making the decision about child spacing.
As menopause knocks on our door anytime from forty, many moms want to have all their babies in their arms before then.
Some other moms who know they can gain victory against the biological clock can afford to relax and take it as slow as they would want to.
Here is a precise analysis according to research;
In our 20s:
Women are more fertile and have the best chance of getting pregnant.
This is when we have the highest number of good quality eggs available and pregnancy risks are the lowest.
At age 25, the odds of conceiving after three months of trying are just under 20 per cent.
So, a mom around the 20-28 age bracket can give a gap of 4-5 years and still stand a great chance of conceiving & birthing a healthy baby.
In our 30s:
Fertility gradually begins to decline at around age 32.
After age 35, that decline speeds up.
Women are born with all the eggs they’ll ever have — about 1 million of them.
The number of eggs gradually drops over time.
By age 35, your odds of conceiving after three months of trying are about 12 per cent.
The risk for miscarriage and genetic abnormalities also begins to rise after age 35.
You might face more complications in your pregnancy or during delivery, having a baby later in life.
At age 37, it’s estimated that you’ll have around 25,000 eggs left.
Any mom at this age, please make good use of your 25000 eggs.😂
Don’t take so much time before trying again; two years is ideal.
In our 40s:
There’s a massive decline in a woman’s ability to get pregnant naturally in her 40s.
At age 40, your odds of conceiving after 3 months of trying are around 7 per cent.
Over time, the quantity and quality of your eggs decline.
Older eggs can have more chromosome problems, which increases the odds of having a baby with a congenital disability.
Most women in their 40s can still have a healthy pregnancy and baby.
However, the risks increase significantly during this time.
These risks include:
- C-section delivery
- premature birth
- low birth weight
- Congenital disabilities
Medical conditions, like diabetes and high blood pressure, are more common in women after age 35.
These can lead to pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes and high blood pressure.
For moms of this age range, its precise time is not your friend, so why get familiar?
For me it is going to be a yearly gap ooo, don’t you think?😏
So, if age is a factor you would want to consider, then it’s left to you to choose if you have all the time or you just want to shoot your shot. 😌
Age might just be creeping up and might ruin your chances.
The decision on how long to wait before getting pregnant with another child is yours to make.
Don’t get pressured into saying yes when you mean no to the question: are you making us another baby soon?
But you can always take things out with your hubby.
The both of you together will always make the right decisions. 👌
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