International healthcare insurance customers might want to check that they are covered for postnatal healthcare.
According to recent comments from Emma Cannon, fertility advisor and acupuncturist, postnatal recovery is important for a mother's health and that of any subsequent children she carries.
Ms Cannon suggested that women wait before conceiving another child in order to allow their body time to recovery.
However, she explained that the ideal time to wait depends on the general health and age of the mother.
"It is impossible to generalise, but following a straightforward birth in a healthy woman 18 months would be reasonable," she said.
The comments follow research published in the journal Pediatrics that suggested children born after shorter intervals between pregnancies are at an increased risk of having autism.
Autism was shown to be more likely in pregnancies spaced less than one year apart.
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