Motherhood is one of the most precious experiences in a woman’s life. It’s one of those things that define her completely. But unfortunately there are times when dreams turn into nightmare and women have to go through traumatic stage of miscarriage. Current World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines state that a couple must wait for six to twelve months, before planning their next baby, after a miscarriage. Presumption being that a woman needs about six months to a year to physically and psychologically recover. Contrary to this current belief, a research conducted in Scotland has concluded that it’s in fact advantageous to conceive within first six months of a miscarriage.
This research was conducted by the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. This was a retrospective cohort study in which the medical records from 1981 to 2000 were examined. Conceiving within six months of miscarriage was found to
- Decrease the labor and pregnancy related complications, in general
- Lower the risk of miscarriage
- Diminish the chance of occurrence of ectopic pregnancy or termination
- Lessen the likelihood of having a caesarean section or having pre-mature baby
- Slims the possibility to have a low birth-weight baby.
About 30,937 women were included in this study. Women were divided into three categories based on the interval between their miscarriage and the next pregnancy occurring within six months, six to 12 months, 12–18 months. Of these 30, 937 women
- 41.2% conceived within 6 months
- 25.2% conceived after 6-12 months
- 9.6% conceived after 12-18 months
- 6.4% after 18-24 months and 17.6% after 24 months.
The highest rate of successful pregnancy (82.5%) was observed among women who conceived within first 6 months of their miscarriage and the lowest rate (73.3%) was among women who conceived after 24 months.
Compared with women who had the standard 6-to-12-month interval between pregnancies,...
women who conceived within six months were:
- 34% less likely to have another miscarriage
- 57% less likely to have a termination
- 52% less likely to have an ectopic pregnancy
It was statistically concluded that it’s best to try to re-conceive within 6 months of a miscarriage and is not advisable to wait for longer durations, especially longer than 24 months or so. Despite these finding currently there has been no change in the official guidelines laid by WHO, which currently suggests women should wait for at least six months before trying to conceive again. This research like any other has some limitations and assumptions but is still considered as quite a comprehensive study and was published in the British Medical Journal.
The new finding certainly is leading us to contemplate over our existing perspective about miscarriages and re-conceiving. But the compelling argument is whether or not the prospective parents are in right emotional/physical state to plan a baby that soon! However, if we think practically and bestow our beliefs in above findings then one would realize that it is in the best interest of the prospective parents to try and recover as early as possible; the best time being within six months of a miscarriage. Planning and preparing for little angel itself could be the best process to pacify previous emotional loss and restore happiness as early as possible.