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What is birth spacing?

Birth spacing is the period of time between giving birth and getting pregnant again. It's also called pregnancy spacing or interpregnancy interval (also called IPI). It's best to wait at least 18 months (1½ years) between giving birth and getting pregnant again. Too little time between pregnancies increases your risk of premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy). The shorter the time between pregnancies, the higher your risk. Learn more at: marchofdimes.org/birthspacing

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