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Miscarriage Boosts Chance of Healthy Next Pregnancy

The Independent,  Aug 6, 2010
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There is no need for women who have suffered a miscarriage to wait a few months before trying again, doctors said yesterday. Those who conceive again within six months of a miscarriage have the best chances of having a healthy pregnancy with the lowest complication rates. They are also far less likely to go on and have another miscarriage, a study has found.

Many NHS doctors advise women to wait at least three months, with the World Health Organisation saying they should wait six months before trying for another baby.

The latest study is especially important for women over the age of 35 because they are more likely to have trouble conceiving and have a higher risk of birth defects, according to the study, published online in the British Medical Journal.

A team led by experts at the University of Aberdeen analysed data for almost 31,000 women who had suffered a miscarriage and become pregnant again. Compared with those who had a six- to 12-month interval before conceiving again after a miscarriage, those who conceived within six months were 44 per cent less likely to have another miscarriage. They were also 52 per cent less likely to have an ectopic pregnancy or to have a termination. Furthermore, women who conceived within six months were 10 per cent less likely to need a Caesarean or to have a premature baby, and 16 per cent less likely to have a low birthweight baby. They were 8 per cent more likely to be induced.

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