Getting pregnant after you have had a miscarriage or otherwise lost a child can be an anxious and stressful period for many parents. It will be a roller coaster of emotions. It is not uncommon for parents to feel feelings like sadness, guilt, disbelief, anger and a sense of emptiness after such a loss.
One miscarriage usually does not mean an increased chance of further miscarriage. With a number of miscarriages in succession, the probability of a miscarriage increases. It is generally not necessary to wait again to try to conceive. The following menstruation occurs after about four to six weeks. A subsequent pregnancy is usually healthy, even in women who have suffered more than one miscarriage. A miscarriage can not be avoided.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that, after a miscarriage, not become pregnant for at least 6 months. New Scottish research shows that pregnancy straight after a miscarriage is preferred. Partly because there is less chance of a miscarriage or termination of pregnancy. In short: there are many different recommendations and guidelines. Always speak to your GP.
When pregnant, both your physical and mental condition are important. Perhaps you're physically ready, but you've had a big blow because of the loss. It's important to talk about your feelings. You can experience support among fellow women who have had losses, or with friends. Sharing a loss and sharing a new pregnancy can take a lot of stress away. Hearing similar experiences can be supportive. In addition, hearing new success stories is often fun.
Most importantly: listen to your body and your mind, you're only ready when you're ready.
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