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How Soon Can You Get Pregnant After a Miscarriage?
Pregnancy and Miscarriage
Finding out you are pregnant after months or even years of trying to have a baby is like a dream come true and rates as one of the happiest days of your entire life, but life has a way of kicking you in the teeth just when you are at your happiest.
It is a sad fact of life that three out of every ten pregnancies end in miscarriage turning your dream situation into your worst nightmare.
The loss of an unborn baby although heartbreaking to both mother and father it does not mean that you will never be able to carry a baby full term.
How Soon Can We Try Again After A Miscarriage?
Doctors recommend that after a miscarriage a woman should wait until her menstrual cycle gets back to its normal routine, this gives her body a chance to recover from the trauma of carrying and losing her baby and gives the couple some time to grieve their loss.
There are many different schools of thought on how soon couples can try again after miscarriage some say after your first period and others say you should wait until after your second period to ensure that your menstrual cycle is regular.
As a general rule of thumb you should try again as soon as you yourself feel emotionally and physically ready to.
Age And Miscarriage
Percentage of risk
Up to 50%
Causes Of Miscarriage
When you have gone through the trauma of losing an unborn child the first thing that you want to find out is Why did it happen?
There are various reasons that a pregnancy might not make it to full term.
- Trauma, a severe blow to the stomach through a fall, or an accident.
- Abnormality, sometimes the cells do not develop properly in the womb, caused by a damaged chromosome where either the sperm was damaged or the egg was damaged at conception this can also occur in the cell division stage when the cells do not divide properly.
- Health, Infections or serious illness, stress or a hormonal imbalance in the mother can induce miscarriage.
- Ectopic Pregnancy, When the fertilised egg does not implant on the lining of the uterus properly.
- Lifestyle, Drug use, alcohol abuse, malnutrition, excess caffeine, and smoking can all contribute to miscarriage.
- Age, The age of the mother can also be a factor in miscarriage, the table right shows how the chances of miscarriage increase with age.
Although painful and traumatic for the parents the chances of another pregnancy being full term are as high as 75%.
A Healthy Pregnancy
Ways To Prevent Miscarriage When Trying For A Baby
When trying for a baby the health of the mother to be is an important factor in preventing miscarriage.
A healthy diet and regular exercise go a long way to having a healthy pregnancy and carrying a baby full term.
- Avoid stressful situations
- Eat a healthy well balanced diet
- Avoid weight gain or rapid weight loss
- Do not smoke or drink alcohol
- Cut your caffine intake
- Take folic acid on a daily basis
- If in doubt talk to your doctor or midwife for advice
Unfortunatley some miscarriages cannot be prevented such as when there is damage to the chromosomes or cells or if the baby is concieved outside of the womb.
Although a harrowing experience for the parents, one miscarriage is considered a normal occurrence of conception by doctors. A woman who has had more than one miscarriage should seek further tests to discover any possible abnormalities.
Avoid Alcohol and Caffine During Pregnancy
Avoiding Miscarriage When Pregnant
When pregnant it is important that the mother maintains a healthy lifestyle which helps to provide a healthy environment for baby's development.
A well balanced diet and regular exercise is not only good for baby but it benefits the mothers recovery after the birth.
- Avoid Stress
- Do not smoke and avoid areas where other people smoke
- Do not drink alcohol and avoid or reduce caffine intake
- Protect the bump, try to avoid external trauma to the stomach area if possible
- Always read the label on any medication or supplements that you are taking and consult a doctor or midwife if you are unsure about any of the ingredients.
- Avoid contact with people who are ill especially if they have an infectious disease.
- Avoid heavy lifting or activities that could cause injury or strain to your abdomen.
- Keep your prenatal appointments and follow any advice offered
Pregnancy is the miracle of life and you should embrace it with both hands, try not to dwell on a previous miscarriage and keep a positive mental attitude.
Constantly worrying if your baby will survive full term will only increase your stress levels and could also lead to depression.
A Great Article About Chemical Pregnancies
- Pregnant or Not?--Chemical Pregnancies
This hub article is about the topic of pregnancy and an early pregnancy loss, known as a chemical pregnancy. I give a description of what this actually is and ways to cope with this loss from a first person account (me) who went through this in this
Life After Miscarriage
After suffering a miscarriage it is difficult to think that you will ever be happy but there really is hope and your dream of having children is still very much alive.
My wife and I suffered the pain of miscarriage on our first attempt and we were devestated but we tried again and were blessed by four wonderful children three sons and a daughter.
Don't give up hope sometimes it is all that you have.