When a miscarriage happens, women can feel guilty for the loss of the fetus. In most cases, the miscarriage was a protection of sorts from fetal abnormalities or internal issues that could not be controlled by the pregnant woman. The body may miscarry as many as four out of five pregnancies without a woman ever knowing she was pregnant. The process of implanting the fertilized egg is not perfect and sometimes it takes the female body a few tries to get it right.
After a miscarriage, chances of getting pregnant may improve or remain unchanged. The number of miscarriages may decrease chances of getting pregnant over time, but there is also the chance that miscarriages will have no affect on the chances of getting pregnant, just on the chances of carrying the baby to term. The chances of getting pregnant after a miscarriage will greatly depend upon the reasons for the miscarriage(s) in the first place.
How Long Should a Woman Wait After a Miscarriage for Better Chances of Getting Pregnant?
The female body is ready to conceive again immediately after a miscarriage. Hormone levels are at their highest, so infertility is reduced and fertility increased. However, for the sake of the female body and reducing the chance of a second miscarriage, many doctors will suggest waiting at least one regular menstrual cycle to increase chances of getting pregnant and maintaining the pregnancy. Other doctors will suggest waiting up to six months to increase chances of getting pregnant without complications.
What are the Chances of Getting Pregnant After Miscarriage?
The chances of achieving pregnancy after miscarriage are often the same as they are before miscarriage. Women, who try for a second pregnancy, tend to be successful 95% of the time. Women with two or more miscarriages have a success rate of 75% on subsequent tries. Health, illnesses, disease processes and other contributing factors will affect chances of getting pregnant, more than a miscarriage. However, it is important to note that some women are more likely to have miscarriages for unknown reasons. Testing does not always determine a cause for miscarriages.
Chances of getting pregnant after a miscarriage are good, in general. Eating a healthy menu rich in folic acid before attempting a second pregnancy is one of the most important factor increasing chances of getting pregnant. Some experts believe miscarriages are more likely in women with reduced folic acid levels before becoming pregnant. The fetus requires folic acid during the first weeks of development; before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. Taking a prenatal vitamin after having a miscarriage and through the time between the miscarriage and trying again, can boost folic acid levels.