Short waiting times after miscarriages increase chances for live birth
Miscarriage is a tragic moment in life. How long should couples wait to try again to have a child? Scientists are now trying to find out when is the best time to get pregnant after a miscarriage.
When couples miscarry, it is difficult for many people to try again in the near future to have a child. However, if women get pregnant again within three months after a miscarriage, this increases the likelihood of a live birth, US scientists claim based on a current study. The researchers published the results of their investigations in the journal "Obstetrics & Gynecology".
Study on over 1,000 women with miscarriage brings new insights
Women who have had a miscarriage are often advised by doctors to wait three months or more before the next pregnancy. However, according to the current study, these recommendations could be wrong. The new findings suggest that women have a better chance of pregnancy and live birth if they are conceived within three months of the miscarriage, the doctors said. 1,083 women were examined for the study. The vast majority of them had a miscarriage before week 20 without complications such as ectopic pregnancy or the growth of abnormal fetal tissues in the uterus. The study took place from 2007 to 2011 and the participating women were observed over a period of six menstrual cycles, the researchers report. If the subjects became pregnant during this period, the researchers observed them until the end of the pregnancy.
Psychologically minded couples should not wait to get pregnant
If women try to get pregnant again within three months after a miscarriage, the scientists are more likely to actually succeed. Almost 70 percent of all women who tried to get pregnant again within three months succeeded. In comparison, the figure for women who had waited longer was significantly lower (51 percent). Around 53 percent of women who had not waited had a live birth, the researchers report. There were no major differences in pregnancy complications between the two groups. If couples are psychologically ready to start a new pregnancy attempt, a recommendation to wait three to six months may be unjustified, the experts warned. However, it is of course clear that some couples need more time after a miscarriage to process the situation psychologically.
An early pregnancy can help reduce grief over miscarriage
According to the US researchers, it must therefore be examined whether couples are physically and mentally able to initiate a new pregnancy. However, the previous research had found that an early new pregnancy and the birth of a live child reduce the grief over the miscarriage suffered, the doctors explained. In the study, the participating women themselves reported when they had tried to get pregnant again. This could mean that appointments were not recorded precisely, the researchers report. However, it is clear that there is no physiological reason why women should delay the next pregnancy after a miscarriage, according to the study authors. (As)