A miscarriage is a very personal experience, and the way you feel afterwards will be unique to your situation.
You may be keen to try again immediately, as a way of helping you to cope with your emotions.
Or, you may prefer to wait a few months until you have dealt with any feelings of loss.
There is no right time to try for a baby after a miscarriage, it's a personal decision that you and your partner must make together.
However, when you're emotionally ready, here is what the latest research says.
When Can We Start Trying Again?
In most cases, you are able to start trying to conceive immediately. Some healthcare practitioners advise waiting until you have had a menstrual cycle, because this makes dating easier should you immediately fall pregnant.
Some doctors may advise you to wait a while before trying again. This may be down to your doctor's preference, or could be based around your unique situation. You may question your healthcare provider's advice to determine why they have set a particular time limit.
Research published in the British Medical Journal found that conceiving within six months after miscarriage offers the best chance of a healthy pregnancy.The study concluded [when compared to a 6-12 month interval]: “Women who conceive within six months of an initial miscarriage have the best reproductive outcomes and lowest complication rates in a subsequent pregnancy.”
It's not just about being emotionally ready to try again, you'll need to wait until you are physically ready to conceive again too. If you experienced a chemical pregnancy or early miscarriage, you may find that you ovulate as soon as two weeks after the miscarriage occurs. If the miscarriage occurred later in the pregnancy, you may find that it takes a few months for your hormones and menstrual cycle to return to normal.
Your healthcare provider will be best able to advise you on when it is safe to start trying again. If you advised to wait, you should do so. If not, then you can start as soon as you and your partner decide you are emotionally ready.
Tips For Trying Again After Miscarriage
To increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy, initiate the following lifestyle changes before you start trying to conceive:
- Take 400 mcg of folic acid daily
- Do not drink alcohol
- Do not smoke
- Reduce your caffeine intake
- Take plenty of rest and relaxation time
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet (organic where possible)
- Take regular exercise
- Reduce your stress levels
- Look at natural home cleaning products (reduce chemical exposure)
What If I Miscarry Again?
Experiencing a miscarriage in the past does not mean that you’ll automatically suffer another miscarriage next time. If you fall pregnant again, its understandable that you may feel anxious about history repeating itself. Talk to your healthcare provider about your anxieties, they will be able to offer you reassurances to help you feel more positive.
If you are feeling anxious about the pregnancy, you should speak to your partner about it. There may also be friends or family members who can support you through this worrying time, but if not, consider a specialised counsellor rather than suffer in silence. However you will likely find that once you are further into the pregnancy, you will find that your anxiety lessens. Women often report feeling less nervous once they have had their first scan.
If you do miscarry again, you might want to get tested for MTHFR gene mutation which affects how your body utilises folic acid and other forms of folate. This can result in miscarriage and other pregnancy issues. If you have MTHFR, you should stop taking folic acid and instead take folinic acid and methylfolate.
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