Less than 18 months between pregnancies could cause premature birth

By WEEK Producer

June 6, 2014 Updated Jun 6, 2014 at 6:44 PM CDT

Women who wait less than 18 months between pregnancies may be more likely to deliver early.

A new study from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine looked at the birth records of more than 400,000 babies.

Researchers found women who waited less than 18 months to get pregnant after having a child were less likely to make it to 39 weeks gestation.

Half of the women who waited less than a year delivered prematurely.

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