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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What do I need to know if I want to conceive after a miscarriage?

    I had a miscarriage 8 weeks ago, i feel like i am ready to try again, is there anything i need to know? is it too soon?
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  • VARTA is a statutory authority based in Melbourne, Australia, providing independent, accurate information about fertility, infertility and assisted reproductive treatment (ART). View Profile

    The World Health Organisation recommends that women who experience a miscarriage wait at least six months before getting pregnant again. But a study examining the medical histories of more than 30,000 women in Scotland who had a miscarriage in their pregnancy then became pregnant again, showed that those who conceived within six months of an initial miscarriage had the best reproductive outcomes and the lowest complication rates.
    http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/08/06/2975749.htm
     
    Having said that, waiting at least a few months before trying to conceive again gives time for the woman to recover physically and emotionally. You can also help prepare your body to conceive by following a nutritious, well-balanced diet and exercising regularly (but not too heavily), reducing alcohol intake, stopping smoking and taking folic acid supplements.

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