Pregnancy Soon After Termination May Raise Prematurity Risk
Women who become pregnant less than 6 months after terminating a previous pregnancy have a small but significantly increased risk for preterm delivery compared with women who conceive 18 to 24 months later, a new analysis suggests.

Longer interpregnancy intervals were not associated with any greater risk for preterm delivery, low birth weight, or small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infants, relative to the control group.

The findings "emphasize the need for prompt initiation of effective contraception after termination and enable counseling the patient for optimal conception interval," lead author Janna Männistö, MD, and colleagues write in an article published in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology...