After the loss of a pregnancy, as difficult as this is, a woman must soon face the future. The best way to do that is with support from loved ones, and with knowledge.
Here are some of the difficult questions you will have to ask after suffering a miscarriage. Instead of asking yourself, a friend, or family, make sure to ask your doctor or a health professional who will give you solid answers based on facts.
What Caused My Miscarriage?
Most often, a miscarriage is caused by a chromosomal abnormality. This is a random occurrence and is unlikely to happen again in future pregnancies.
It’s a good idea to ask this question, however, because sometimes there is another cause for miscarriage. You want the answer to this question, because some types of miscarriage may affect your chances of having children in the future. It’s best to find out exactly what happened rather than assume the worst.
Will I Miscarry Again?
If you have had one early miscarriage, there is a good chance that your second pregnancy will be successful.
Women who have repeated miscarriages normally have an undiagnosed condition that is making pregnancy less viable. This condition might be a uterine abnormality, an autoimmune disorder, a cervix that dilates too early, or hormone imbalances.
Some abnormalities can be treated, improving your chances of a successful pregnancy, so don’t be disheartened if you discover that this is why you had a miscarriage.
How Can I Give Myself the Best Chance for a Successful Pregnancy?
Regardless of your age, if you can make improvements to your health, you may be more likely to have a successful pregnancy. If you are a smoker, stopping the habit will help. If you are obese, losing weight will go in your favor.
Pay particular attention to how effectively you are controlling chronic health conditions, such as diabetes.
When Can I Try Again?
According to Sohinee Bhattacharya, MD – a researcher and obstetrician at the University of Aberdeen – most women can try for another baby as soon as they feel physically and mentally ready.
While advice varies on this issue, listen to the advice of your physician who knows your case, and pay attention to how you feel physically and emotionally. In most cases, emotional readiness takes longer than physical readiness and is often the prime concern.
By asking these difficult questions and listening to the answers, you can become better prepared to face the future. And remember that you don’t need to face the future alone. Your friends, family, a partner, and health professionals can all help you get through life after your miscarriage.