Don’t put off pregnancy after a miscarriage

Women who get pregnant soon after suffering a miscarriage found to have better chances of healthy pregnancy and birth, finds study


Waiting up to six months to try to get pregnant after a miscarriage may be unnecessary, a new study has suggested. This contradicts World Health Organistion guidelines that recommend waiting six months after a miscarriage to begin trying for a baby.


The study looked at the pregnancies of over 30,000 women, finding that those who got pregnant within six months of having a miscarriage were less likely to have another, a termination or ectopic pregnancy. The figures also suggested that these pregnancies were less likely to be at risk of caesarean birth, a premature delivery or a baby with low birth weight. 

A fifth of pregnancies miscarry and the chances of this occurring increase with age. Although authors of the study cannot explain their findings, they have suggested that the decline of fertility over 30 may be a factor. Women who miscarry in their late 30s have a better chance of conceiving if they don’t wait for another six months.

“I think it’s going to be reassuring for women, many of whom want to try again soon after a miscarriage but are worried about doing so,” said Ruth Bender Atik, director of the Miscarriage Association. 


Miscarriage can take time to get over both physically and emotionally and many women need six months or more to recover. This study reassures that if you do feel ready before six months, you can safely try again.

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