A miscarriage can be a traumatic event for many couples. After getting excited about becoming parents (or becoming parents again) many couples are devastated by the loss of their baby due to miscarriage. The natural response for many is to try to conceive again right away after a miscarriage. Yet, there are concerns about how long they should wait.
One of the most important factors in deciding how long to wait after a miscarriage before trying to conceive is not physical, but emotional. Emotionally, you may need more time than this to come to terms with what has happened. A miscarriage can strain a marriage. It can cause feelings of grief, guilt, depression and fatigue. You may feel isolated and withdrawn. Make sure you work through these issues with your partner as well as a mental health professional if these feelings do not subside within a couple of months. If you are depressed, it is not the time to try to conceive again.
Physically, there are concerns as well. Medically speaking, your body needs time to recover from the miscarriage. It takes this much time for your uterus to recover and for your endometrial lining to become strong and healthy again, and ready for the task of carrying a baby to term. If your body isn’t ready for another pregnancy, you run the risk in repeating the miscarriage. Two to three months is typically enough for your body to recover.
Once you have decided to conceive again, there are things you can do to prepare for another pregnancy. You should:
– Avoid unnecessary medication.
– Take folic acid supplements.
– Eat a healthy diet.
– Exercise regularly.
– Reduce or eliminate your caffeine intake.
– Reduce or eliminate your alcohol intake.
– Rest as much as possible.
– Share your feelings with your partner and others.
– Use stress-management techniques. While doing these things doesn’t guarantee that you will be able to conceive again, nor does it guarantee that you won’t have another miscarriage, they will help to reduce a great many risks.