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Are You Aware Of These Complications Of Back-To-Back Pregnancies?

Back to back pregnancies might look easy but there are many complications associated with it. Read this before planning.

Chanchal Sengar
Written by: Chanchal SengarPublished at: May 20, 2022Updated at: May 20, 2022
Are You Aware Of These Complications Of Back-To-Back Pregnancies?

Going through one pregnancy is tiring. But do you know the complications of two back-to-back pregnancies? Whether you are already pregnant with another baby before your firstborn is over two years old or are planning to conceive again, it is important to know the importance of spacing out your children. One should be well aware of the complications that can occur because of back-to-back pregnancies to make a well-informed decision, and if the second pregnancy is unplanned, being educated can help you cope with the stress. Here's what you should know if you have back-to-back pregnancies from Dr. Asha Hiremath, Consultant - Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Laparoscopic Surgeon, Motherhood Hospitals, Indiranagar, Bangalore.

Complications of Back to Back pregnancies

Here are some reasons why women should avoid getting pregnant at short intervals.

Mother's body does not heal completely from the first pregnancy

A woman's body goes through a lot during the nine months of pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. A woman needs time to recover fully before her body can get ready for going through the exhausting process again. In addition to this, pregnancy also causes mental and emotional distress. Getting pregnant right after childbirth can lead to various complications. The pregnancy pain, morning sickness during pregnancy, and dizziness become much more intense on a weaker body. Don't forget that you still have to take care of your firstborn and maybe even breastfeed them while suffering from pain. You must be already sleep-deprived due to your firstborn; adding the exhaustion of pregnancy to this can lead to various complications in the future.

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Complications Of Back To Back Pregnancies

Higher risk of premature birth

Since your body is still trying to heal from the first pregnancy, there is a high risk that your second one will be born prematurely if you have back-to-back pregnancies. Premature birth is when a baby is delivered more than three weeks before their usual due date. There are several medical complications associated with premature birth like respiratory issues, feeding issues, the baby having a disproportionately  large head, heart problems, problems with the immune system and other long term health issues for the child.

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Risk of placenta abruption

Pregnancies that are too close together can lead to placenta abruption. Placental abruption is when the placenta detaches itself from the uterine lining way earlier than expected. This further causes excessive bleeding, stillbirth, or preterm birth.

Complications Of Back To Back Pregnancies

Severely harm the mental health of the mother. 

It is common for new mothers to experience mental health issues, baby blues and postpartum depression after giving birth to their child. Unfortunately, they tend to hide their suffering due to the stigma surrounding postpartum mental health issues. If you add another pregnancy into the mix, it can become unbearable for the expecting mother. Pregnancy is challenging, and taking care of a newborn is exhausting; a woman juggling the two, will experience a lot of stress and anxiety, which will be dangerous for the baby in the womb as well.


Knowing how you want to space out your first and second pregnancy can help you and your partner prepare for conception. It is not surprising that having another child will completely change your family's lives. Before you decide to go for back-to-back pregnancy, you should ask yourself whether you are ready to take care of a newborn again after the sleepless nights you spent with your firstborn. Do you think your firstborn will be alright with sharing your attention with a sibling so soon? Will you be able to manage the financial requirements of a new baby? Most importantly, is the mother's body capable of handling another pregnancy so soon?

Even though you and your partner might want your children to be close in age, you must realise how back-to-back pregnancies can affect mother and baby and take a call accordingly. If you are in doubt you can take the help of your doctor to decide the ideal gap between having tow children, that will not impact you physically, emotionally and financially.

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