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When Should Couples Start Trying to Conceive After A Miscarriage?

Dorathy Gass

Most times, doctors will advise women who have recently suffered a miscarriage to hold off on trying for another baby for at least three months. However, a study coming out of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which was recently published in the Obstetrics and Gynecology journal, is revealing that couples who try to conceive shortly after a miscarriage, and within those three months, could potentially increase their chances for a healthy, and viable pregnancy.

MSN reports that the study team reviewed approximately 1,000 women who had gone through a miscarriage prior to 20 weeks, and kept an eye on these ladies for their next six menstrual cycles. It’s important to note, that none of the miscarriages these women had suffered through prior were molar or ectopic. If one of the females conceived, researchers tracked her during her entire pregnancy; whether it ended in pregnancy loss, or a new baby.

The results were quite astonishing. Of those followed, 76 percent began trying to conceive within in the initial three months, post miscarriage. Those females that did try within three months had a 69 percent chance of pregnancy, versus the 51 percent chance for those women who waited until after three months to get pregnant. Further more, 53 percent of the women who got pregnant within the first three months moved on to have a baby (and no miscarriage or still birth), versus the 36 percent in the study that decided to wait.

Enrique Schisterman, the study’s senior author states that the team’s research data proposes that women who try to get pregnant within those three months conceive quickly, (perhaps quicker) when compared to those females who waited for the three months to pass before trying to get pregnant again.

There have been two reasons behind the three-month wait period recommended by most doctors. First, studies in the past have shown heightened complications when a pregnancy has begun shortly after a miscarriage. However, the team did not see an indication of this in their study. Still, the second reason doctors may advise to wait three months, is the fact that couples might need that time for emotionally healing, before they can embark on another pregnancy.
Perhaps the best advice, for any couple who has suffered through a miscarriage, is to start once again, when you both are ready.

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