Importantly, there is NO medical evidence to support delaying conception after a miscarriage, beyond the time needed by you and your partner to heal emotionally from your losses.
There is some suggestion that a conception occurring before the first menstrual period after a miscarriage may be at slightly higher risk of miscarriage, but certainly beyond the first period there is no additional benefit. Additionally, as mentioned above, awaiting the return of your menstrual period allows easier clarification of your “dates” with your next pregnancy.
Miscarriage is a very common outcome of pregnancy; knowing this fact does not make the loss any less painful or cruel, but it does mean that one or even two miscarriages does not imply that an underlying disease process has caused them. Having three consecutive miscarriages is a little unlikely, from a statistical point-of-view, and should prompt investigations for an underlying cause. That said, frequently no cause is found. That is not to say that you can't be investigated after two miscarriages, but the investigations can be invasive, and the likelihood of them turning up something is very small.
Of course, your individual management would depend on your particular circumstances, and in particular, your age. The risk of miscarriage increases with age and, therefore, unnecessarily delaying pregnancy (out of belief of benefit after miscarriage) can be detrimental to overall fertility.
Your GP is well-placed to assess your overall pre-pregnancy health as they are usually most familiar with your medical history. Some women with complex medical histories may benefit from referral to a specialist for preconception management.
In short, it doesn't sound like you need to be put under a microscope. After your next period, you and your partner can try to conceive again when you feel emotionally ready. There is some evidence of benefit for couples who receive frequent review for support and reassurance during early pregnancy and, again, you may like to talk to your GP about this.
I wish you all the best with your future pregnancies.
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