Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
33.8 percent (2015-17)

26.9 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

33.8 percent of pregnancies were conceived within 18 months of a previous birth, as reported in 2015-17

Reduce the proportion of pregnancies conceived within 18 months of a previous birth

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


Women who get pregnant less than 18 months after giving birth are more likely to have premature babies with low birth weight. These pregnancies are also more likely to be unintended, which can lead to other health risks for both the mother and the baby. Interventions to increase the use of birth control and family planning services for women who have recently had babies can help increase the length of time between pregnancies.