Taking the decision of getting pregnant after miscarriage can be somewhat daunting. It is likely to fill one with apprehension, doubt and a number of ‘what ifs’.
Doubts and questions about safety of future pregnancies are only natural when planning to get pregnant after a miscarriage. The following questions are likely to occur:
Is it ok to get pregnant after miscarriage? Will I have another miscarriage is a question paramount in a woman’s mind when she has undergone the trauma of a miscarriage.
However, 85% of women who have had a miscarriage go on to successfully carry their babies to term.
Even those women who have suffered two or three pregnancy losses; 75% of them will have successful pregnancies.
How soon is it ok to get pregnant after miscarriage? Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to wait for about 2 to 3 menstrual cycles to go past after a miscarriage before trying to get pregnant.
While one may want to wait longer if the feeling of grief is still fresh or if the doctor so advises, but this thumb rule is otherwise safe to follow.
The reason for waiting a couple of months is so that the body has to be healed and recovered well enough to get pregnant after miscarriage once again.
The endometrial lining needs time to heal and hormones need to settle as well. One also needs to know how to date a pregnancy from a last monthly period which is why a couple of periods going past for the cycle to stabilize is a good idea.
Do I need to see a specialist (genetics, reproductive endocrinology or maternal-fetal medicine specialists) if I want to get pregnant after a miscarriage? If a woman is of advanced age and has suffered a miscarriage, perhaps a specialist could be consulted.
Or if she has had two or three miscarriages then she could do the same. If there have been fertility problems or certain medical conditions (such as diabetes) then it may be a good idea to try and conceive under advise or supervision of a specialist.
I’m scared; what can I do to stop this happening again? Yes it is natural to feel apprehensive and afraid, and perhaps the next pregnancy will not be as euphoric as the first one that ended so tragically.
It is important to assign blame because for the most part miscarriages are unavoidable; they are often nature’s way of simply dealing with mistakes at times.
The fact is that one out of four women suffers a miscarriage at some or other time in their reproductive life and for the most part there is very little that can be done to avoid them.
Getting pregnant after miscarriage, one may want to not preempt things too much: don’t have a baby shower just yet; put off the nursery preparation until the pregnancy is well established.
Have the next pregnancy monitored carefully so you know you have done all that you possibly could.