How Soon After a Miscarriage Should You Try to Get Pregnant?
Exactly “how soon after a miscarriage should you try to get pregnant?” Is a question most women who have recently miscarried ask.
Should you try again immediately the bleeding stops or wait for full cycle after the miscarriage to try again? Are there risks to trying again?
Most women who have recently miscarried would love to try to get pregnant immediately as a way of getting over the shock and pain of their loss. A miscarriage pain usually runs deep, especially if the pregnancy was advanced and you had formed a bond with the child. It can hit you deep, leaving you devastated.
Due to this, a lot if women would want to try again immediately, not as a way of replacing the child they lost, but so they can have another major part of them to transfer the love and affection to.
A woman is very fertile immediately after her miscarriage and the bleeding has stopped and most women try to and actually get pregnant during this time. However, there is some risk of having another miscarriage with this new pregnancy as the lining of your womb hadn’t been fully formed to support this new baby.
How Soon Should You Try to Get Pregnant? Here’s What Medical Experts Have to Say on the Issue
Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones, a women healthcare expert of the University of Utah Health recommend waiting up to three months before trying to get pregnant again.
She states this time frame is recommended so your womb can heal sufficiently enough to carry another baby. This is also adviced to reduced the chances of another miscarriage occurring.
The world Health Organization (WHO) recommends waiting a longer time – up to six months after the miscarriage to try again as this gives your body ample time to fully heal and recover.
However, there are no medical evidences to back-up these claims as there have been a few women who went on to conceive immediately after their miscarriage and had healthy pregnancies carried to terms.
In this vein, most health care provider recommend working closely with your doctor to determine if you should try to get pregnant immediately.
Although over 90% of miscarriages that happen within the first 12 weeks happen as a result of chromosomal abnormalities, most women who experience it still go on to find out the exact cause of their miscarriage. And while not compulsory, women who gets some tests done to rules out other causes of miscarriage and have no complications from the miscarriage can try to get pregnant as soon as they feel up to it.
Causes of Miscarriage in the First Trimester
Besides chromosomal abnormalities, other likely causes of miscarriage in the first trimester include:
- Antiphospholipid syndrome (blood clot)
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Placental issues
Common Causes of Miscarriage in Second Trimester
Some common causes of miscarriage in second trimester to look out for include:
- Infections like chlamydia, gonorrhea, rubella, syphilis and HIV.
- Health issues like diabetes, kidney diseases, lupus and thyroid issues.
- Autoimmune disorder
- Cervical incompetence
- An abnormal-shaped womb
- Dangerous lifestyle habits like the use of drugs, smoking and excessive drinking.
- Exposure to chemicals
- Food poisoning (with harmful pathogens like salmonella and listeria)
Likelihood of a Second Miscarriage
While a very small percentage of women who have experienced a miscarriage, have recurrent miscarriages (1 in 10 women, most go on to have very healthy pregnancies carried to term.
Research place these as the reasons why a second miscarriage could occur:
- Having hormonal imbalance where you produce more or less of a particular hormone.
- You have high levels of homocystein
- You’ve been diagnosed with anatomical issues like an incompetent womb or cervix and fibroid.
- Having a blood disorder.
- Being 35 years of age and older.
Therefore, if your tests results shows your miscarriage didn’t occur as a result of any of these and you feel up to it, you can try for another baby as soon after your next cycle.
How to Prevent a Second Miscarriage from Occurring
Before you try to get pregnant a second time, most doctors would usually recommend finding out what caused the first miscarriage. This is done so you undergo the corresponding treatment to prevent a reoccurrence.
Outside of this tests done, some other tips to prevent a miscarriage include:
- Eating a well balanced diet. Since your body needs to be in top notch condition to conceive, it is important you eat a diet containing a lot of essential nutrients and regularly too.
- Limit junk food as much as possible as junk food has been strongly linked to the quality of eggs a woman produces and consequently, infertility.
- In the same vein, you should also limit your caffeine intake as taking 300 mg of caffeine daily could cause a miscarriage.
- You should also make some adjustment to your lifestyle where necessary as smoking (even secondary smoke), excessive drinking and drugs can trigger a miscarriage.
- Take your prenatals regularly so the baby gets the right nutrients needed for his development.
- Control your blood sugar