Body, soul, life planning – Women who wish to have a baby often have their entire life aligned with the new earthly citizen even before the beginning of the pregnancy. With the message “You are pregnant!” begins a long-awaited new phase of life for her. Often, however, the joy does not last: an estimated 15 to 20 percent of all pregnancies detected end in miscarriage.
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The next pregnancy is in most women without complications
The vast majority of miscarriages occur in early pregnancy. The most common cause of this is embryonic aberrations that make the child unable to survive. In later stages of pregnancy, infections and other pregnancy complications can lead to miscarriage and miscarriage.
Many women want to fulfill their desire to have children again as soon as possible. Most of them can expect the next pregnancy to be inconspicuous. Especially mentally, however, the loss of the child leaves traces.
When should women get pregnant again after a miscarriage?
After a miscarriage, many affected people want to get pregnant again as soon as possible. Physiologically a conception is possible after a few weeks. Two to six weeks after a miscarriage, the first ovulation occurs, which is the possibility of pregnancy again.
On the question of when a pre-pregnancy from a medical point of view, divide the spirits: The World Health Organization advises to wait for a miscarriage so at least half a year so that the body can recover and reach its normal hormone status again. Many gynecologists recommend waiting for three months.
Affected women often experience this time as stressful – they want a child but are forced to take contraception. Speaking often nothing against a quick further pregnancy. A study by the University of Zurich shows that the time of onset does not influence the frequency of further miscarriages. A study by Aberdeen University suggests even lower complication rates if the next pregnancy begins within six months of a miscarriage.
If the causes of the miscarriage – such as infections or hormonal imbalances – are known, they should, of course, be switched off before a new pregnancy. Even after a stillbirth and especially after a cesarean section, the body needs time to recover. Doctors and midwives recommend in this case to wait at least one year with the next child.
What happens to the next pregnancy after a miscarriage?
A pregnancy after a miscarriage is always seen from a medical point of view as a risk pregnancy, the pregnant women and their baby are thus monitored very closely. Statistically, the risk of another miscarriage is 24 percent. With a complication-free course of the next pregnancy, however, the vast majority of women can count.
However, many women find it difficult to trust their bodies after giving birth or miscarriage – instead of enjoying the child, this pregnancy is characterized by the fear of losing this baby as well. It will hopefully come back a little when the emotionally sensitive time of the previous event is over.
But: every pregnancy takes a unique course, previous complications do not necessarily have to be repeated. It’s good if the pregnant woman is looking for emotional and practical support right from the start. Early support by a midwife is often particularly important now. Through her experience, human competence and her knowledge of natural healing and relaxation techniques, a midwife can relieve the pregnant woman very effectively after a miscarriage or miscarriage.
What happens when miscarriages recur?
However, further miscarriages are not entirely excluded. In purely statistical terms, they affect 24 percent of all women who have already had a miscarriage. Doctors then speak of a habitual abortion when a miscarriage has terminated at least three pregnancies. In such cases, a deeper explanation of the cause and a corresponding treatment are necessary.
Causes of habitual miscarriages may include, for example, hormonal disorders, genetic abnormalities of both parents or a parent, increased immune responses or latent infections. The chance that the cause is found and targeted therapy can be done, with 50 to 60 percent quite high, some university hospitals offer special consultation hours.
Mourning companion after a miscarriage or miscarriage
The mental management of a miscarriage or miscarriage takes time – for the affected women and their partners. Especially after early miscarriages, relatives and friends often expect them to return to “the agenda” after a short while. Exchanges with mothers or couples who have had similar experiences can be existential for their mourning.
In various cities, such as Berlin and Dresden, there are also Sternenkind self-help groups and clubs on site. Since 2010, there has been a professional online therapy at the University of Münster for parents who have lost their child during pregnancy.
- For the mother and her partner, a miscarriage or miscarriage is a dramatic experience that does not need to be repeated in the next pregnancy.
- If there are no medical reasons, women can get pregnant again after a miscarriage.
- Pregnancy counseling, which also takes the fears and psychological consequences of previous miscarriages seriously, is especially important in a new pregnancy.
- Self-help groups or a professional (online) therapy can help in the bereavement coping after death and premature birth.