Should I Wait to Conceive After Having a Miscarriage?
on Jan 25, 2013
by Monica Scott
There is a great debate among the scientific community as to the how long you should wait to conceive after having a miscarriage.
When a miscarriage occurs it can be a difficult event that takes both a physical and emotional toll on couples, whether they had only been aware of the growing baby for a week or several months. However, oftentimes couples find fulfillment in trying to conceive again quickly after the loss and the question of how long they should wait after a miscarriage is bound to come up. There is a great debate among the scientific community as to the acceptably healthy amount of time to conceive again after a miscarriage. Some say there is no need to wait any time at all while others recommend between 6 months and 1 year between the time of the miscarriage and the new pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
In a recent study conducted by the University of Aberdeen in Scotland and published in the BMJ Journal, it was found that women who became pregnant soon after a miscarriage had less of a likelihood of life-threatening issues or another miscarriage. Of over 30,000 cases of pregnancy after a miscarriage, the study showed that overall women who got pregnant within 6 months of a miscarriage had little to no complications as opposed to women who waited over 2 years to get pregnant again. Women who waited 2 years after miscarrying had a high risk of ectopic pregnancy or pregnancy termination. Additionally, it was found that women who waited for a longer period of time to conceive overall delivered via cesarean and gave birth to premature babies.
With every instance of miscarriage the circumstances are different and there is no broad “yes” or “no” answer as to how quickly after a miscarriage it is safe to start trying to conceive again. Each woman is different based up things such as their health (both before and after the miscarriage), their age, the circumstances of the miscarriage, etc. However, there are usually signs that can indicate the timing may not be right at the moment. If you’ve had a miscarriage that physically damaged your body whether temporarily or permanently, it is wise to consult your doctor before trying again. The signs to watch out for are:
• Excessive Bleeding
• A Menstrual Cycle that hasn’t Returned to Normal
• You’re Over 35
• Basal Body Temperature Remains Level
• Thick, Tacky Cervical Mucus
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Ms. Scott joined ConceiveEasy after working in prenatal obstetrical care for two years in a private practice before being promoted to Director of Nursing. She has a strong interest in women's health with an emphasis on promoting fertility awareness.