Conceiving after miscarriage

Submitted by Shelby D Burns Wed 01/13/2010

B/W woman Many couples worry about conceiving after miscarriage. The loss is unexpected, often unexplained, and leaves an emotional void. Lots of questions linger, and one of the most personal is when to try again. All reactions are natural. Perhaps you want to try again, right away. Maybe another pregnancy will reduce the pain of the loss. Or, maybe you want to wait, regroup and maybe even months later think about starting over. Every situation is different. There is no perfect or right time. For couples wanting to start right away, first consult your doctor. Also keep in mind that emotional recovery from a miscarriage can take months and for many women last a lifetime. Most experts agree that it is good to wait a few months before trying to conceive again. Physical recovery after miscarriage depends on the length of the pregnancy, whether or not complications occurred and whether there is any remaining tissue in place. If the miscarriage was uncomplicated, not requiring medical intervention, physical recovery could take only a week or two. Ovulation will likely begin in two to four weeks after the loss. Doctors often recommend waiting through one cycle before actively trying to get pregnant again. This gives the body and the emotions time to heal. Hormonal imbalance can also occur as a result of stress and time should be taken to make sure the body in all aspects has recovered and is ready to accept a new pregnancy. Check with your doctor on the causes of the miscarriage. While many are unexplained and a large percentage are related to genetic disorders, just asking the questions will give you peace of mind and help reduce stress as you try again. A healthy diet and exercise are always good to prepare the body for pregnancy. Good, strong communication with your partner about your concerns, fears and hopefulness will build a stronger, more trusting bond and help you and your body to relax and prepare for the next pregnancy. Remember that if problems persist or symptoms such as swelling, discharge or stomach pain occur, call your doctor.

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