Healthy pregnancy right after a miscarriage

Women who conceive within six months of an initial miscarriage have the best chance of having a healthy pregnancy with the lowest complication rates, a... More Below... Posted by on Aug 9th, 2010 and filed under Health.

Women who conceive within six months of an initial miscarriage have the best chance of having a healthy pregnancy with the lowest complication rates, a new study has suggested.

Current World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines recommending that women who experience a miscarriage should wait at least six months before getting pregnant again may need to be reviewed, said lead author Sohinee Bhattacharya of the University of Aberdeen.

Women who experience a miscarriage are not only at an increased risk of a second miscarriage, says the study, but also of complications in a subsequent pregnancy. Around one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage before 24 weeks.

But the authors said that length of time couples should wait before trying again to get pregnant are not consistent, with some doctors saying there is no justification for asking women to wait and other bodies—such as the WHO—recommending a wait of at least six months. This study was based on women delivering in Scotland and while the findings are valid for this population, the original WHO guidelines may still be applicable to women in developing countries.

(Thanks to The Hindu and Miraceti)

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