Original research article| Volume 80, ISSUE 6, P512-518, December 2009

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Effect of interpregnancy interval on adverse perinatal outcomes — a national study



      The interpregnancy interval (IPI) has been reported to influence the outcome of pregnancy and birth. We performed a national study in Israel to determine the impact of IPI on multiple adverse perinatal outcomes.

      Study Design

      This longitudinal cohort study used birth certificates of siblings born to the same biological mother, with at least one previous birth and a subsequent singleton pregnancy. Adverse pregnancy outcomes included preterm delivery, very preterm birth, small for gestational age (SGA), very SGA (VSGA), early neonatal death and major congenital malformations. Multivariate logistic regression was performed for each outcome.


      The study included 440,838 of a total of 846,845 reported live births in Israel over 5 years; excluded were primiparas (32%), multifetal births (4.9%) and those with incomplete data (10.9%). For IPIs shorter than 6 months, there were significantly increased risks for preterm birth (OR=1.23), SGA (OR=1.14), VSGA (OR=1.15), early neonatal death (OR=1.62) and congenital malformations (OR=1.14). Intervals of 60 months or longer had higher risks for preterm birth (OR=1.39) and VSGA (OR=1.16).


      Optimal IPI recommendation of >11 months is an accessible and low-cost means to improve multiple adverse perinatal outcomes.


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