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Jan 12, 2016 10:10 PM EST

How long should one wait to conceive after a miscarriage?


A U.S study suggests that couples who try to conceive again within three months after an early miscarriage may be more likely to have a successful subsequent pregnancy, as compared to people who wait longer, Huffington Post reports.

The study was published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. 

"For women with an uncomplicated early pregnancy loss, our data show that there is no basis for delaying trying to become pregnant," said Schisterman, an epidemiologist at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Rockville, Maryland.

For the study, the researchers followed nearly 1,000 couples after an early miscarriage. The researchers found that women who tried to conceive again within three months had 71 percent higher chances of having a baby than those who waited longer.

The study results showed that out of the 765 couples that started trying to get pregnant within three months, 77 percent gave birth to a live baby, compared to 23 percent of the 233 couples who waited longer to conceive.

"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," wrote the authors of the study, according to Medical Daily.

However, the study did not prove that trying to conceive right after a miscarriage will cause the next pregnancy to happen sooner or result in a healthy baby nine months later.

Dr. William Hurd of Duke University School of Medicine noted in an editorial that women should consider all other risks before deciding the right time to conceive again after a miscarriage.

He noted that a number of previous studies have linked short intervals between pregnancies with a number of complications such as high blood pressure, low birth weight and preterm delivery,

"After every miscarriage, but particularly recurrent miscarriage, most clinicians recommend that a woman and her husband should both make sure they are emotionally ready to deal with another possible loss prior to attempting to get pregnant again," Hurd said. 

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