People in the medical profession, and regular couples, have long tried to figure out the secret to healthy conception after a miscarriage. Certainly, most couples who miscarry feel a sense of loss and frustration, and they are eager to try again quickly. But, is this the most advantageous idea? Or is it healthier for the mother and fetus to wait awhile before trying again?
A new study by researchers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland suggests that women may actually have more success with a pregnancy if they get pregnant quickly after a miscarriage. The scientists found that women who conceived within six months of a miscarriage had better chances of having a successful and full-term pregnancy than did women who conceived later.
Interestingly, this is contrary to an earlier study from Latin American that found that women should wait more than six months after miscarrying; and, this earlier study formed the basis of the World Health Organization’s 2005 recommendations that women put off a pregnancy for six months after miscarrying.
This Scottish study is the first attempt to provide better data for the optimal timing of pregnancy. The World Health Organization has called for more studies on conception after miscarriage, and this study certainly shows an important beginning to this research.