There is no doubt that a miscarriage is one of the most disheartening events from which a couple can suffer. It is little consolation to the couple that 15% of pregnancies miscarry in the first three months, the sense of loss will be there, regardless. The most important thing at the time of miscarriage is to make sure that you see a doctor immediately. From my own experience with a miscarriage, which was misdiagnosed as ‘a little trouble with my tubes’, a resultant infection can make getting pregnant after miscarriage difficult.
Be sure that, if you do suffer a miscarriage that you receive competent medical care, if you develop a pelvic infection after a losing a fetus, it will make getting pregnant after miscarriage more difficult. Any sign of infection must be treated with antibiotics, and sometimes a scraping out of the uterus (a D&C) is necessary to make certain that all the fetal tissue is gone – if any is left, it can cause infection.
However, the good news is that over 85% of women who do have a miscarriage have no trouble getting pregnant afterwards (I did). Even women who have had several miscarriages have a 75% success rate of pregnancy after a miscarriage. There are several things to be kept in mind about getting pregnant after miscarriage, that can help the woman get pregnant again and carry the baby to term.
When a miscarriage occurs, the body, and the uterus especially has undergone stress. While this is not as much as would occur with a full term pregnancy, the lining of the uterus, the endometrium should be given time to become strong once again. Generally, a period of three to four months is sufficient for the body to recover. Getting pregnant after miscarriage is generally easier, and more likely for the pregnancy to go to the full term, if the woman’s body is stronger. Also, hormone levels, which have been upset by the miscarriage should be given a chance to settle out.
Couples should also be aware that there are emotional factors to be considered when getting pregnant after miscarriage. Both partners will be disappointed over the miscarriage and there is often a period of mourning that must be gotten through, so a couple may want to wait a bit longer than physical needs dictate before trying for another pregnancy. Making sure that both partners feel comfortable will also help make getting pregnant after miscarriage easier.
Although most women do conceive without any problem after having a miscarriage, there are times when the woman should seek more detailed medical treatment. If the woman has any kind of medical problem, such as diabetes, she should speak with her doctor. Also, a history of miscarriages may well interfere with getting pregnant after miscarriage and she may need to see a specialist. Any woman over the age of 35 should also seek the advice of a fertility specialist if she has suffered a miscarriage. Getting a higher level of treatment can often make the difference between getting pregnant after miscarriage attainable or not.