No Delay Needed After Miscarriage
08.10.10 Women who miscarry do not need to wait to try conceiving again, study says
A new study from researchers in Scotland suggests that sooner may be better when it comes to conceiving after a miscarriage, ABC News reports.
The University of Aberdeen report, published online in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), revealed that women who got pregnant within six months of a miscarriage were more likely to go on to have a healthy and successful pregnancy than those women who waited longer, according to ABC News.
The Scottish study's researchers say it's a case-by-case situation: "There is no physical reason why you would delay your second pregnancy. But there's no point in saying 'Yes, go for it now,' if the woman is completely drained emotionally or physically."
In the U.S., many women have their first child later in life, which increases the chances of suffering a miscarriage. According to the researchers, almost one-third of 40-year-olds miscarry when they conceive.
Our experts agreed with the miscarriage study when they tackled the same question recently—sooner is better for most women.
If you do suffer a loss, it's important to realize that you're not alone and you should take some time to mourn the baby you've lost. But remember that even after a loss, the odds that your pregnancy in the future will go to term are good–check out our risk chart and see where you rate.
Maria Vega is Fit Pregnancy magazine's copy editor.