Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage
Submitted by Nick on January 19, 2012
Getting pregnant after a miscarriage can be a little unsettling as it can bring back memories of the previous miscarriage which cause anxiety for the current pregnancy. A miscarriage can be a traumatic and troubling time for the couple and may take a while to come to terms with the loss. It also takes a while for the woman’s body to completely heal and so it is very important to consult your doctor before trying to conceive once more. You will need to consult both a doctor as well as a therapist to ensure that you are both physically as well as emotionally ready for a subsequent pregnancy. There are several important points that you need...
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What are the chances of getting pregnant after a miscarriage?
Many people believe that a failed pregnancy suggests that they will not be able to have a successful pregnancy later but this is definitely not the case. Research has shown that one miscarriage does not necessarily mean that the next pregnancy will end in another miscarriage. Women who have miscarried more than once have a 75% chance of conceiving again, 85% of women who have miscarried once go on to having successful pregnancies. These miscarriage statistics show that you are likely to have a successful pregnancy after a miscarriage and you can improve your chances even further. It is also advisable to see a doctor and have a pre-conception examination if you are trying to conceive after a miscarriage. Tests may rule out or treat any existing conditions or infections so that you are completely healthy when you conceive.
Are there any problems getting pregnant after a miscarriage?
Women who have had a miscarriage will need to take a few precautions to ensure that there are no problems with future pregnancies. Problems with future pregnancies may occur if there are infections or any underlying causes for miscarriage such as uterine abnormalities, coagulation problems or chromosome abnormalities. It is important to understand the cause behind the miscarriage to prevent it from happening again. Miscarriages also occur due to stress, trauma, and so on. It is important that both you and your partner are completely prepared for the subsequent pregnancy. The fear of having another miscarriage may come in the way of you having conceiving again and this problem is one that you will have to deal with before attempting to get pregnant again.
Are there any tests recommended before attempting pregnancy after miscarriage?
The simple answer to this question is “yes”! If you have suffered more than one miscarriage or even if you have just miscarried once and are concerned about your next pregnancy going to term you may require one or more of these tests. Some of the tests you can have done are:-
Blood tests: This helps to detect problems with your immune system and hormonal levels.
Hysteroscopy: A hysterocope (a small lighted telescope) is inserted into your uterus through the cervix. The uterine walls and the opening of the fallopian tubes are then examined for abnormal growths.
Sonohysterogram: This ultrasound is carried out after fluid has been injected into your uterus (through the vagina and cervix). This test will show up any problems in the lining of the uterus.
Ultrasound: This can either be an ultrasound of the abdomen or a vaginal ultrasound.
Chromosomal tests: Both you and your partner will have your blood tested to see if chromosomal problems are the cause of previous miscarriages.
Endometrial biopsy: This procedure involves the suctioning of a small piece of the uterus to check hormone effects.
Hysterosalpingography: This technique involves the use of a dye which helps to highlight the fallopian tube and the uterine cavity on X-ray images.
Tips for getting pregnant after a miscarriage
There are several steps to increase your chances of a successful pregnancy after a miscarriage. Many of these measures would require certain diet and lifestyle changes such as:
- Avoid smoking and drinking if you are thinking of getting pregnant again. These small changes go a long way in helping you to conceive and have a normal and healthy pregnancy. This applies to both partners as cigarette smoking can affect not just the quality but also the quality of sperm.
- Avoid all junk foods, especially fried fast foods as these foods contain trans fats which have a severe negative impact on fertility levels. Certain snacks like chips and fries contain a chemical called acrylamide which is the result of the production process. Follow a healthy diet plan and include plenty of orange and yellow fruits and vegetables in your diet as these foods have a high beta carotene content. Beta carotene is a very important fertility vitamin as it helps to regulate hormonal levels.
- Exercise regularly as obesity significantly lowers fertility levels. However, it is important that you exercise in moderation as extremely strenuous work-out sessions can actually reduce fertility levels. Most fertility experts suggest that people exercise only 3 to 4 times a week for approximately 30 minutes.
- Use an ovulation predictor kit to keep a track of your most fertile days as this will help to increase your chances of a positive result.
Never try to assign blame for the miscarriage but instead work together to create a loving and nurturing environment for your little one!
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