May 08, 2010
It can be a daunting thing to think about getting pregnant after miscarriage because of the fear of a second recurrence. A miscarriage, referred to by doctors as a spontaneous abortion, is the loss of a pregnancy before around twenty weeks. It is believed (according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine) that as many as twenty five percent of known pregnancies will miscarry. This rate may be even higher as many women will miscarry before they are even aware of the pregnancy. It is not totally understood why women miscarry. Miscarriages that occur in the first twelve weeks of a pregnancy are believed to be the result of a random occurrence of chromosomal abnormalities present in the foetus, and this inhibits its normal development and causes a miscarriage. The health and well-being of the mother can also play a part.
There are a number of medical conditions which may increase the likelihood of miscarriage, such as some autoimmune diseases, untreated diabetes and any structural problems in the uterus (this can inhibit proper implantation of the egg). There are also lifestyle factors, like smoking or drug abuse by the mother which can increase the chances of miscarrying. Aside from this, there are also miscarriages which occur simply because the egg was improperly implanted into the lining of the uterus - the good news is that this can be all but eradicated by having intercourse at the right times of the month, but more about that later. Some of the signs which may indicate a miscarriage include experiencing cramps and pain in the pelvis, lower back and abdomen as well as fluids, tissue or blood coming from the vagina.
Although vaginal bleeding almost always precedes an early miscarriage, it is important to remember that blood spotting is quite normal in early pregnancy as well, so it doesn't always mean a miscarriage is occurring. Commonly miscarriages in the early days of pregnancy don't need medical treatment as the uterus empties itself of its own accord, much like a heavy period. If an ultrasound shows that there is tissue remaining inside the uterus, then medications may be proscribed to make the uterus expel them, or a clinical procedure performed to cleanse the uterus of the left-over tissue. This is an important step if tissue remains inside, as infections may set in if nothing is done.
Getting pregnant after miscarriage is not advised for at least a good couple of months. For couples who experience recurring miscarriages there are tests which can try and determine the cause and a solution. It is important before going out and getting any of these (sometimes painful) tests, that you make sure that the improper implantation of the egg into the uterine lining is not the cause. This can be reduced to a huge extent by knowing the correct times in the months for having intercourse and conceiving. This time is when there is a cervical fluid which has the resemblance of eggwhites, which is the woman's most fertile time of the month. For men who's sperm count is normal then intercourse should be undertaken every day that the eggwhite-like cervical mucus comes, up until the woman charts a rise in her basal temperature. If there is a problem with sperm count, then it is important that intercourse is only undertaken every second day of the fertile cervical fluid up until a rise in temperature is noted.
By having sex during this fertile period, the chances of conceiving are higher, and it is more likely that the egg will be properly implanted into the uterus' lining, thus lowering the chances of miscarriage. Pre-conception is a crucial time for getting healthy. So this means taking care of your diet, making sure you partake in regular exercise and keeping weight within a healthy range. Cutting out smoking and even being around second-hand smoke is also an important step, pre and post conception (and if you know what's good for you, from hereon in!). Caffeine should not be ingested, and alcohol is a definite no-go. Awareness of your external environment and any toxins you may be exposed to are also important - painting the house is out, unless 'green' paints are used, and carpeting should be avoided, as new carpets are often laced with formaldehyde. Importantly for getting pregnant after miscarriage, you have to remember to look at lifestyle factors like stress and emotional worries, and try to have intercourse at the appropriate time of the month. If you enjoyed this article on getting pregnant after miscarriage you can make the entire process of getting pregnant straightforward and effortless.