How Long Should A Woman Wait To Conceive After A Miscarriage?


Miscarriage can change the course of everything in a woman’s life. Conception after miscarriage is an area that is controversial. The exact duration of wait before trying for kids following miscarriage is controversial. Some specialists   suggest trying again as soon as possible, so long as the couples are ready physically, emotionally and spiritually, while guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) call for waiting for at least six months, and others even suggest waiting for as long as 18 months.

Specifically, a subject matter specialist in women health, Angela Chaudhari, MD, a gynecologic surgeon and assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois, said the following ‘Whether you’ve had miscarriage or a procedure such as dilation and curettage (D&C), you should see your OB/Gyn for a follow up appointment about two weeks afterward to make sure everything looks fine physically. “If that’s the case, I tell my patients to go ahead and have intercourse,” “The only thing that would prevent that is a traumatic procedure which might require longer healing.” For instance, with a D&C, you may need a course of drugs to help control bleeding. “You need to try to time intercourse as close to ovulation as possible and have sex every other day in the days leading up to it as well,”. Of course, getting the green light physically doesn’t mean you’re actually up for it mentally. “You don’t want to get pregnant simply to replace that pregnancy,”. “Start trying when you feel truly ready for the outcome.


Personally, I would recommend a wait of at least 1 menstrual period following   miscarriage before trying to become pregnant again.  This period of wait will ensure the woman is fully healed physically, emotionally and also help your uterus [ womb) to be fully healed.

Please, while you are waiting, I will recommend that you take a prenatal multivitamin every day that contains at least 400 to 800 micrograms of folic acid. Intake of Folic acid helps the nervous system of the fetus to develop normally. If you have  an ongoing chronic medical condition , like diabetes , you should monitor  your blood sugars and make sure it is controlled  before becoming pregnant.

Thank you

Chudi Godsons. MD

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