New parents should plan to wait at least a year before conceiving another child, according to a new study by the University of British Columbia.
Researchers documented more than 148 thousand pregnancies between 2004 and 2014 to evaluate risks and gather a sample for the project.
Their research found that, while it was safest to wait 18 months, risks began to decrease greatly at the 12 month mark.
During the study, researchers found that the risk of life-altering complications for both the mother and baby were much higher in those who waited between 6 and 12 months.
While most recommendations say that parents should wait at least 18 months, the new research shows that those in a hurry can try again after 12 with similar low risk factors.