Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage

November 12, 2012

Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage

If you have suffered from a miscarriage in the past, pregnancy can then be a very stressful and worrying time for you.

If you have suffered a miscarriage you will, undoubtedly, have many concerns about getting pregnant after miscarriage. Firstly, since you have already been pregnant you clearly know how it is done – so, just keep on doing the same thing!

Secondly, you may want to know why you miscarried so that you can try and minimize the risk of it happening again. There are many risk factors for miscarriage and if you are thinking of getting pregnant after miscarriage it may be a good idea to try and rule out any which may apply to you.

  • Infection

  • Endocrine disorders

  • Abnormalities of the uterus

  • Immune system disorder

  • Genetic disorder

  • Underlying medical problems

There are also some women who are at a higher risk of miscarriage due to the lifestyle of them and/or their partner.

  • Women aged over 35

  • Smokers

  • Excessive alcohol intake

  • Underweight or over weight

  • Regular exposure to X-rays or toxins as a result of work

  • Long periods of air travel

  • Substance abuse

  • Excessive use of laxatives

Clearly if you are thinking about getting pregnant after miscarriage there are some steps that you and your partner can take to increase your chances of success and in the case of multiple miscarriages your medical practitioner will do all that they can to help you. There are many new treatments becoming available all the time which have been developed to treat miscarriage.

How long should I wait

If you have suffered this sad experience you may be worried about how long you should wait before getting pregnant after miscarriage. There is really no definitive answer. The science seems to suggest that many women are extremely fertile immediately after a miscarriage so it is possible to try again straight away, some doctors will advise you to wait, others may not. At the end of the day it is really your choice – there is no right or wrong answer to this question.

Different types of miscarriage

  • Threatened miscarriage -when this happens the cervix remains closed but the woman will experience some bleeding and lower back pain.

  • Inevitable miscarriage – the cervix dilates making miscarriage inevitable, abdominal or back pain and bleeding may continue of the miscarriage is not complete.

  • Complete miscarriage – bleeding, pain and cramping subside quickly as the embryo is completely emptied from the uterus.

  • Missed miscarriage – this occurs when the embryo dies but remains in-uterine , the woman may be unaware of what has happened.

  • Recurrent miscarriage – a woman suffering 3 or more miscarriages in the first trimester is considered to have recurrent miscarriages

Warning signs

If you have been successful at getting pregnant after miscarriage you will be hoping that your pregnancy will go to full term, it is a good idea to know what possible warning signs there are for miscarriage so that if you suspect something is wrong you can seek medical advice quickly.

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