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The Best Time to Try to Conceive After a Miscarriage

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Deciding when to start trying to get pregnant again after an emotionally (and physically) painful miscarriage is an incredibly personal decision for each couple. But in case you were wondering, a new study is saying that trying to conceive again within three months of the pregnancy loss will yield greater chances of having a baby.

According to the study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology, these couples are 71 percent more likely to get pregnant again. Researchers tracked over 1,000 women after they suffered an early miscarriage with no other major complications. Nearly 76 percent of them tried to conceive within three months and 56 percent were successful and gave birth to a live baby. In contrast, only 36 percent of the couples that waited longer to try again got pregnant and delivered a baby.

The findings contradict the traditional doctor's advice of waiting at least three months after a pregnancy loss before trying again. According to the study, "Recommendations to delay pregnancy attempts for at least 3–6 months among couples who are psychologically ready to begin trying may be unwarranted and should be revisited."

Emotional readiness, on the other hand, is a whole different question.

Senior researcher Dr. Enrique Schisterman concludes, "Couples often seek counseling on how long they should wait until attempting to conceive again. Our data suggest that women who try for a new pregnancy within three months can conceive as quickly, if not quicker, than women who wait for three months or more."

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