Current advice to wait several months after a miscarriage to try again could be unnecessary, finds a new study. Looking at the pregnancies of over 30,000 women, researchers have found that women who get pregnant within six months of suffering a miscarriage are more likely to have a healthy pregnancy.
Those women who conceived within six months of a miscarriage were 44% less likely to lose a second baby. They were also at lower risk of birth complications like premature birth or caesarean.
Although researchers could not explain why this could be, they have suggested that the age of the women could be a factor. Fertility decreases sharply from around 35 so those women who have a miscarriage at this age have a better chance of having a healthy baby if they try again soon after.
Miscarriages are physically and emotionally draining, however, and if you are not ready to try again it is best to wait until you feel better. For complicated miscarriages where there has been infection, it is also worth erring on the side of caution.
“Miscarriages are a very traumatic event for prospective mums-to-be, and this new evidence with help health professionals reassure patients and enable them to give some good news and hope to patients at a time when they are often very anxious and under great stress,” said Professor Steve Field from the Royal College of GPs.
If you have suffered a miscarriage, speak to your GP when you feel ready to try again.