Your Baby's Seventh Week of Life

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According to a study published in the May 1998 issue of the The Journal of Pediatrics, a very short time between pregnancies -- less than six months -- is associated with higher rates of illness and death among infants. The study included 375 low-birth-weight infants whose mothers had a previous pregnancy. The children were evaluated at two years of age and approximately nine percent were found to have disabling cerebral palsy -- a condition where significant motor problems are evident. When all other factors were accounted for, the common denominator among the moms was an interval between pregnancies of less than six months. It may be that the nutritional stores of the moms were depleted as they entered the second pregnancy, though more research is needed to fully understand the connection.

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