A miscarriage is a sad experience. But the hope of a child remains. Therefore, many ask the question: when is the best time to get pregnant again? A new study on this brings amazing insights!
The desire to have children is there. A couple becomes pregnant. And then suddenly comes what all expectant mothers are afraid of: a miscarriage.
It’s talked about far too rarely, but unfortunately miscarriages are not uncommon: about 30 percent of all women – almost one in three – are affected by one or even several miscarriages in the course of their lives.
The desire to have children, however, remains, even after the often traumatic experience of having lost an unborn child. But when to try again?
There are a wide variety of recommendations for this: For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) previously advised waiting six months, individual doctors speak of three months, but purely biologically a new pregnancy is already possible at the next ovulation. So physically, a new attempt is harmless, however, one must first process the experience psychologically. Therefore, the timing is always also a very personal decision.
A now newly published study could perhaps change the WHO’s recommendation: That’s because the study of more than a million women in Latin and South America shows that women who have suffered a miscarriage and become pregnant again within the first six months have a lower risk of having another miscarriage than if they wait longer.
Univ. Prof. Dr. Andreas Obruca, founder and director of the Fertility Center Golden Cross, considers the findings of the study to be very relevant: "After an abortion, many women are uncertain when the best time is for a new pregnancy. These results help us in counseling fertility patients who want to start a new treatment as soon as possible."
Fewer miscarriages and premature births with rapid repeat pregnancy
The study results show that the odds of a live birth were a whopping 40 percent higher for women who conceived again within the first six months after a miscarriage compared to those who conceived six months or more later.
If women became pregnant again within six months of a miscarriage, 79 percent of pregnancies resulted in live births, while among women who only became pregnant again after twelve months, 72 percent gave birth to a healthy baby. The results also showed that these "rapid" pregnancies had fewer complications and were less likely to result in premature births.
Almost every third woman is affected by a miscarriage in her lifetime
The general number of pregnancies that end in miscarriage cannot be accurately determined because very early abortions are often not detected at all and are misinterpreted as menstrual cycles. In medical circles it is assumed that in the group of 20 to 29 year old women about half of the fertilized eggs are rejected again. Therefore, only about 15 to 20 percent are really recognized as miscarriages.
A healthy lifestyle increases the chance of a positive pregnancy outcome
The study additionally documented that a large portion of women trying to get pregnant again after a miscarriage place extra emphasis on a healthy lifestyle. This further improved the conditions for a positive pregnancy outcome.