Unfortunately, miscarriage is very common. It is estimated that almost 1-in-5 pregnancies end in miscarriage, which is far higher than many people appreciate. While a miscarriage can happen at any time before 20 weeks, the majority of miscarriages occur in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.
One of the commonest questions for couples who have experienced miscarriage is when they can start trying again. Traditionally, couples have been advised to wait for 3 months following a pregnancy loss before trying again, as it was thought that women who got pregnant sooner might be more likely to miscarry again.
A recently published study of 1,000 women following miscarriage found that women who conceived again within 3 months actually had more successful pregnancies and lower loss rates than women who chose to wait 3 months or more (journals.lww.com/greenjournal/Abstract/publishahead/Trying_to_Conceive_After_an_Early_Pregnancy_Loss_.98836.aspx).
Of course, a miscarriage is emotionally devastating for a couple and you will need time to grieve appropriately. Many couples do not feel psychologically ready to try again immediately, which is very understandable. However, this recent study means that couples who choose to start trying again soon after a miscarriage can be reassured that they are not putting the pregnancy at increased risk.
Before embarking on any pregnancy, it is advisable to take folate supplements for 1-3 months, to ensure your rubella vaccination is up to date and to cut out smoking and alcohol.
If you wish to make an appointment to see Dr. Colin Walsh to discuss these issues, please call us on 1300 460 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org