Momlogic's Vivian: If you've recently suffered a miscarriage, you'll be thrilled to hear that you don't need to wait a few months before trying to conceive again.
According to an article published by the BBC News, a recent University of Aberdeen study of 30,000 women concluded that conceiving within six months of a miscarriage provides the best shot for a healthy, successful pregnancy.
Researchers examined almost twenty years of data about women who miscarried their first pregnancies and eventually conceived again, and found that those who got pregnant again within six months were less likely to have a termination, an ectopic pregnancy or another miscarriage.
Among those who went on to give birth, a rapid re-conception was associated with a reduced risk of premature delivery, delivering a low-birthweight baby or delivering via Caesarean, as compared with women who conceived between six months to a year later.
Usually, doctors recommend that women take a few months off to grieve after a miscarriage before trying to conceive again. But study author Dr. Sohinee Bhattacharya said, "[Normal, healthy] women wanting to become pregnant soon after a miscarriage should not be discouraged. There are no physiological reasons why you should delay."
This is particularly reassuring for women over 35, who experience a marked decrease in fertility with each passing year. "If you're already over 35, I would definitely advise to try again within six months, as age is more of a risk than the interval between pregnancies," said Bhattacharya.
For the 20 percent of us out there who've suffered miscarriages and can't wait to try again, this is amazing news!