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Physical considerations after miscarriage

Physical considerations after miscarriage


Some caregivers will recommend delaying attempts to conceive again (for one or even several months), particularly if you are unwell or lost a lot of blood and are anaemic. If this is the case, it may be better to wait until you have fully recovered physically before dealing with being pregnant again. If you have a specific health condition (such as diabetes or high blood pressure you may need to stabilise your health condition first, or have further investigations if you are experiencing recurrent miscarriages, before trying to conceive. Be guided by your caregiver.

If you are keen to have another baby soon, then in most cases this is acceptable, being mainly based on the woman's overall health and your emotional readiness to embark on another pregnancy. It is a normal grief reaction to want to 'immediately put things back the way they were' in a sense. It is for this reason that many women have an initial reaction to want a pregnancy after miscarriage as soon as possible. This is OK and you may find that this is exactly what happens. Just try to be aware that you may need to work through your grief of losing this baby, before moving on to have another one. A subsequent pregnancy is not a replacement, but a new pregnancy with a new baby, often accompanied with much fear and anxiety that another miscarriage may occur.

A woman's fertility can return within 1 to 6 weeks after a miscarriage. Be aware that you will release an egg (or ovulate) about 2 weeks before your next period arrives, therefore it is possible to conceive straight after a miscarriage, but before the next period even happens. If you do not wish to conceive again quickly, you may want to speak with your caregiver about appropriate contraception.

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