Having a miscarriage is probably more common than you may believe. According to the Mayo Clinic, an average of ten to twenty percent of pregnancies end in a miscarriage. And, the percent of miscarriages is probably a lot higher because many women may not report having a miscarriage because it happened so early in the pregnancy that they didn’t even know they were pregnant yet. With that being said, here is some important information you should know about pregnancy after a miscarriage.
Will You Have Another Miscarriage?
Miscarriages predominantly only happen once and most women will have a healthy pregnancy following a miscarriage. The chance of you having two consecutive miscarriages is less than five percent. Also, only one percent of women have had three or more consecutive miscarriages. While you may have another miscarriage at some point in your life, the odds are in your favor for having a healthy pregnancy following a miscarriage.
Should You Get Tests Done Before Attempting Another Pregnancy?
Most doctors recommend getting tests done after a second or a third miscarriage. The Two most common tests are 1) Blood Tests and 2) Chromosomal Tests. The doctor will take a blood test to evaluate your hormone levels and your immune system. These may have caused your miscarriage and can be altered to ensure a healthy pregnancy. A doctor may recommend a chromosomal test, where the doctor takes a blood sample to test if chromosomes are the cause of the miscarriage. Other procedures can also be done to find uterine problems that may have caused the miscarriage. For example, the doctor may do an ultrasound, a heteroscopy, a hysterosalpingography, or a Sonohysterogram. All of these procedures allow the doctor to examine your reproductive system to detect if there is a problem or not.
How Long Should You Wait to Get Pregnant After a Miscarriage?
Physically, your body may be ready to become pregnant within a few hours or days. Menstruation usually begins within four to six weeks following the miscarriage, yet you come become pregnant immediately following a miscarriage. While your body may be physically ready for a baby right away, you should make sure that you and your partner are both mentally ready. Most couples experience feelings of grief and loss after a miscarriage, so don’t rush if you’re not ready. If you have experienced multiple miscarriages, you may want to seek medical attention and advise before trying for another pregnancy. Also, if you had a molar pregnancy, your doctor may advice you to wait at least six months before attempting another pregnancy.
What Can I Do to Have a Healthy Pregnancy?
The best thing that you can do is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Before pregnancy, make sure that you are eating healthy and balanced meals, that you are at a healthy weight, physical activity is included in your daily routine, and that you avoid drugs and alcohol. Taking vitamins, like a prenatal, or folic acid before pregnancy may be beneficial to help ensure a healthy pregnancy.