After a Miscarriage: Getting Pregnant Again
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Having a miscarriage is a very emotional event. Not only does your body go through a process of healing and recovery, but your emotional state must also be repaired. If you have been trying to become pregnant for some time and suffer a miscarriage, this can be even more of an emotional roller coaster.
After you have had a miscarriage, you may be anxious about the process of beginning to try again to become pregnant. These feelings are completely natural, but you should not keep your fear of a miscarriage from trying again.
Many women have been able to go on after a miscarriage and conceive and carry a healthy baby to term. However, there are some things that you should do if you have suffered a miscarriage and are ready to try again for a baby.
1. What Causes a Miscarriage?
One of the first things that may go through your mind is finding out what caused your miscarriage so that you can avoid one in the future. Unfortunately, most miscarriages are caused for no apparent reason.
Typically, they are caused when the baby is not developing properly. This may be due to a health condition that the mother has, such as diabetes or problems with the baby’s genes, but most of the time there is no way of knowing for certain.
Approximately 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies result in a miscarriage and most often a woman only experiences one. You have less than a 5% chance that you will have two consecutive miscarriages once you do become pregnant again and only a 1% chance of three or more consecutive miscarriages.
2. Testing before becoming Pregnant
If you have experienced more than two miscarriages, you may want to consider having some tests ran that may help determine the cause of the miscarriages. The first one that should be ran is a blood test that can help evaluate your hormones and immune system for any potential problems.
A chromosomal test is also recommended so that you can see if there are any issues with your genes. It is also a good idea to have this test completed for your partner as well because their genes may also play a factor when dealing with a miscarriage.
There are also some procedures that can be completed as well. One thing that your doctor may order is an ultrasound. This will allow your doctor to review the health of your uterus and other reproductive organs.
A hysteroscopy is also a popular procedure that may help doctors determine the cause of multiple miscarriages. This will help see if there are any issues with the walls of the uterus or the Fallopian tubes. A hysterosalpingography may also be used to highlight these same areas on x-ray.
4. When can I try again?
You should always give yourself the time that you need to heal both physically and mentally before trying to become pregnant again. Although your body may return to normal after just one month, the emotional portion may take an extended period of time. According to the World Health Organization, below is the time period that you should wait in order to recover emotionally and physically from miscarriages:
- 1 miscarriage – 6 months
- 2 or more miscarriages – talk to your physician
- Molar Pregnancy – 6 months to a year
5. Can I improve my chances of not having a miscarriage?
The best way to protect your body from having a miscarriage is to take care of yourself while you are trying to become pregnant and after you become pregnant. Be sure that you are taking your prenatal vitamin as well as any other supplement that your doctor suggests. You should also avoid the food and drink items that you have been instructed to avoid and maintain a healthy diet during this time as well.
While these items will not completely prevent you from a miscarriage, they may help your body to remain healthier and in turn make it more likely that you will be able to carry a healthy pregnancy. Some items that you should avoid, such as alcohol and smoking, can actually work to cause miscarriages
The most important thing to remember when you have gone through a miscarriage is that typically the mother is not to blame. Sometimes they naturally happen and there is nothing that you could have done to stop one from occurring. It is important that you seek out medical attention if you do have a miscarriage in order to make sure that you are healthy for your next pregnancy.
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Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.