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After your miscarriage: when should you try to get pregnant again?

Whilst having a miscarriage is a tremendously unfortunate event, it isn’t all that uncommon. In fact, statistics from the journal of Incidence of Early Loss of Pregnancy show that the risk of miscarriage is as high as 30% for women in their first month of pregnancy. The question then follows – for those who have had to suffer the loss of a miscarriage, when is the appropriate time to try to get pregnant again?

For many years, doctors have advised women to wait for a minimum of three months before attempting to get pregnant again. However, according to a study recently published in the Obstetrics and Gynecology journal, evidence suggests that women are more likely to experience success should they try immediately, without delay.

The study involved a total of 1,083 participants, and out of those who tried immediately after a miscarriage, almost 70% managed to get pregnant. In comparison, out of those who followed the traditional advice of waiting three months or more, only 51% managed to get pregnant. The study was conducted over from 2007 to 2011, for a total of five years.

Apart from studying the participants’ success rate, the authors of the study also looked at whether the two groups – those who waited and those who did not – experienced different complications during their pregnancies and births. The result? There was no noticeable difference.  

Following the discoveries of the study, the study’s authors have issued a statement urging doctors to rethink recommendations to delay pregnancy attempts for 3 months, with the caveat that couples are “psychologically ready to begin trying”. Those who require additional time to heal emotionally after the loss, of course, should be allowed all the time they need before embarking on the journey for a second time.

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