Lisa Cheng had a pregnancy gap of 12 months between her first and second children. The Hong Kong mother says the pregnancy and post-partum period were a lot harder with her second child. Photo: Nora Tam

How long pregnancy gap should be: birth spacing advice for mum and child’s health

  • Babies absorb a lot of vitamins and nutrients from their mothers and it’s important to replenish these before the next pregnancy
  • WHO guidelines recommend that women wait at least 24 months, while other studies suggest 12 to 18 months is a reasonable gap
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Lisa Cheng had a pregnancy gap of 12 months between her first and second children. The Hong Kong mother says the pregnancy and post-partum period were a lot harder with her second child. Photo: Nora Tam
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Birth and fertility rates are falling globally, whether through choice or out of necessity. Countries in East Asia have some of the lowest fertility rates in the world. Photo: AFP

Falling fertility: why more women choose to have fewer children or none at all, while others who want them struggle to conceive

  • While the world’s population continues to grow, in many countries fertility rates have fallen. Women are putting off having children, or not having any
  • Infertility is also on the rise, and in Asia there’s still a stigma about it, but attitudes are changing as more couples take fertility tests
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Birth and fertility rates are falling globally, whether through choice or out of necessity. Countries in East Asia have some of the lowest fertility rates in the world. Photo: AFP
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