How soon after a miscarriage can you get pregnant?
Your last pregnancy may not have been as expected, you may have miscarried but there is a bright side – most women after a miscarriage go on to have healthy pregnancies. If you have had a miscarriage, the obvious feelings of fear and anxiety tend to overpower any other emotion, but do know that this is quite common among many women and it really helps to look at the positive in this situation. Getting pregnant post a miscarriage can be done sooner than imagined and before you know it, there will be another mini-you on the way.
How soon can you get pregnant after a miscarriage?
Chances of infection are pretty high post a miscarriage so couples are asked to abstain from sexual intercourse for up to 2 weeks after a miscarriage. Post this period a female can ovulate and get pregnant at any point.
For specific situations like uterus scarring, high blood loss and placenta remains; your healthcare practitioner may advise a specific time period or a longer wait.
Though your body may be physically ready – miscarriages are accompanied by a range of emotions – feeling of loss, grievance, sadness and guilt. It is extremely important that you take your time to overcome these emotions and heal before you start trying again. Don’t rush into something you may not be mentally prepared for.
Preparing your body for a healthy pregnancy
Preventing another miscarriage is out of your control but what you can take control of is your health – maintaining a healthy lifestyle for you and the baby is crucial.
- Schedule regular prenatal visits, frequent health check-ups will be required to monitor the pregnancy
- Managing stress post a miscarriage can be difficult. Try yoga, meditation and other relaxation techniques. If you don’t see yourself being able to reduce stress levels speak to a professional.
- Complete abstinence from unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking and indulging in any illegal drugs to ensure a healthy pregnancy
- Address any underlying health conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, hormonal imbalance
- Stay healthy, eat healthy and be active. Achieve the optimal body weight through a good diet full of nutrition. Include daily exercise in your schedule and limit caffeine intake.
“If trying to fall pregnant, you must visit the doctor to review your health, should track your ovulation cycle, consume folic acid, maintain a healthy weight, exercise and eat well.”
What tests should you undergo to determine and fix underlying causes?
Though there is no sure shot way of preventing a miscarriage, there are certain tests that are conducted in order to identify underlying health causes and problems that can be rectified before reattempting to get pregnant.
- Blood tests are conducted to evaluate any hormonal imbalance like PCOD, thyroid etc. or autoimmune disorder.
- Chromosomal tests to gauge if there is genetic variation and chromosomes are responsible for the miscarriage.
- An ultrasound procedure is done to check the health of the uterus. This helps to determine if there is any issue in the uterine cavity, ovaries or fallopian tubes.
- A hysteroscopy identifies intrauterine problems by inserting a hysteroscope (thin, lit up instrument) through your cervix into the uterus
- Hysterosalpingography provides you with an X-ray which helps you reviews the contours of the uterus and any obstruction in the fallopian tubes.
- Laparoscopy is a surgical method through an incision in the abdomen done to view the uterus and fallopian tubes using a lighted device
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging test that creates detailed images of the uterus using a magnetic field and radio waves
Take your time and keep reassuring yourself
- Do not keep things inside you and don’t blame yourself for having a million questions. Your friends and family are there to support you every step of the way
- You may feel disoriented and unable to retain information due to stress and anxiety. Make a note of things that you want to ask, also list down all the important things to keep in mind so you can refer to it when a situation arises.
- If you have any symptoms that worry you, please get it checked out immediately. If you have any concerns talk it out with your practitioner.
- Look after yourself, a loss can be exhausting and it takes time to deal with it and heal from it. Don’t push yourself to do anything you are not ready for.
- Some of you may feel preparing yourself to be a mommy may jinx the pregnancy. Please remember that mommy-to-be activities will in no way affect the pregnancy. If you are uncomfortable doing things like packing the hospital bag or buying clothes for the baby-to-be, ask your partner, friends or family to do it for you. Do not force yourself to do anything you aren’t comfortable with.
Having a miscarriage may make you nervous and anxious about conceiving again. There are studies and facts that will make you feel comfortable about going ahead with conception. A study by Mayo Clinic indicates that majority of women who have miscarried tend to have healthy babies once they get pregnant. According to the study, only 1% of the women tend to have consecutive miscarriages and 20% are at risk of a miscarriage for a future pregnancy.
It may be surprising to you but a lot of women go through this. It might not be openly discussed but it is more common than you imagine. Just because you lost one pregnancy is no indicator that you will lose another.
So be positive and open to getting pregnant again. Keep an eye out for these early pregnancy signs if you feel you are pregnant.
A practice that has been followed over generation is Swaddling. This involves wrapping your baby in a blanket to keep them secure. The infant’s arms and legs are ticked in tightly and the blanket envelopes them neck down. When you swaddle your baby, you are essentially giving the position of the womb to your infant.
Swaddling prevents the baby from getting startled from sounds or even no reason at all. This reflex last for about 3-6 months but can tend to prevent the baby from sleeping. Swaddling enables the baby to sleep soundly and sleep longer, giving you some extra time as well.