Trying to Conceive After a Miscarriage


If you have recently gone though a miscarriage, first let me tell you how sorry I am!! Unless you have been there, no one can really know how truly devastating it is. The intensity and feelings of loss and sadness are at moments unbearable.  Hoping that you were surrounded by love and support during this physically and emotionally exhausting time.
 
The silver lining however, is that if this is your first miscarriage, you shouldn't expect that your next pregnancy will end in a miscarriage as well. After your doctor gives you the green light to try again, you have an 85% chance of becoming pregnant for a healthy and happy 9 months. And the good news is that these are the same odds for women who have not previously experienced a miscarriage.
 
If you have had more than one miscarriage though, the odds of a repeat miscarriage do increase a bit. Doctors say that if you have had 2 miscarriages, your chances of having another are 25%. And if you have had 3 or more miscarriages, your chances of another are 35%.
 
There are ways in which you can reduce your chances of miscarriage though. To increase your odds of a healthy pregnancy that sticks you will want to:
 
1.       Make sure you are not over or under weight
 
2.       Eat a well balanced diet that includes folic acid and vitamin B12
 
3.       Take a pre-natal vitamin
 
4.       Limit your caffeine intake
 
5.       Stop smoking
 
6.       Stop drinking alcohol
 
7.       Make sure any other medical conditions are managed with the help of your doctor
 
8.       Find ways to reduce stress. 
 
 
Baby dust to all!

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