Conceiving

Getting Pregnant After Having a Miscarriage

For many women, the idea of getting pregnant after experiencing a miscarriage is a confusing and emotional process. In order to have a better chance of conceiving again and having a successful pregnancy, it is often helpful to find out what caused the miscarriage and work with your doctor to incorporate new ways to promote a healthy pregnancy. Keep reading to find out more about conceiving after a miscarriage.

Why do miscarriages occur?
A miscarriage occurs when a pregnancy is spontaneously ended prior to the 20th week of gestation. Most miscarriages occur due to abnormal fetal development, but many other things such as physical trauma, maternal health conditions and problems with the reproductive organs can also lead to a miscarriage. In some cases, miscarriages occur for no apparent reason.

According to statistics, approximately 15 percent of all pregnancies result in a miscarriage. The exact percentage could even be a little higher because many women have early miscarriages that occur before she knows she is pregnant.

Some people have the misconception that a woman who has a miscarriage is at a higher risk of having another miscarriage. However, most miscarriages are isolated incidents and the majority of women are able to have a successful pregnancy afterward. Fewer than five percent of women experience two miscarriages back-to-back.

How long should you wait before getting pregnant after a miscarriage?
It is a good idea to allow your body to heal before trying to conceive after a miscarriage. For many women, most physical damage caused by the miscarriage heals within one week. However, it may take up to six weeks for your period to return. Some women are able to get pregnant again before their next period occurs.

In addition to the physical damage that a miscarriage can cause, many women also experience emotional trauma and a sense of loss. This may require you to take more time before trying to get pregnant again. You might also need counseling to help sort out your feelings.

Women who have already suffered from one or more miscarriages are encouraged to speak to their doctor or gynecologist before deciding when to start trying to conceive again. Some experts say that women should wait six months before trying to get pregnant again. However, there is little to no real evidence that waiting this long is actually necessary. Your doctor will be able to conduct tests and examinations to determine how long you should wait.

Ways to promote a successful pregnancy after a miscarriage
In order to have a better chance for a successful pregnancy, there are a few things you can do if you are not doing them already. The most important step is to start taking a prenatal vitamin every day that has a high amount of folic acid. It is best to start taking folic acid about three months before conceiving. You should also work on getting physically fit and losing weight if you are currently overweight.

Additional precautions may need to be taken by women who have had previous miscarriage. Your doctor will be able to determine the best course of action for you. This may mean that you will need bed rest, further check-ups or medication in order to increase your chance of a successful pregnancy.

Experiencing a miscarriage is a traumatic and stressful event for any woman to go through. Working closely with your gynecologist or physician is important, especially if you have had a miscarriage in the past.

What is your best advice for getting pregnant after miscarriage?

January 29, 2014

Planning on Getting Pregnant? Start Here

Making the decision to start a family is just the first step in the pregnancy journey. Before you even begin to try getting pregnant, there are several steps you should take to ensure that your body is the ultimate nurturing environment for a baby. 

Diet
The food you put in your body before conception affects your chances of conception and the health of your future. As soon as you make the decision to get pregnant, eliminate trans and animal fats and refined sugars from your diet. Instead, stick with a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods such as nuts, seeds, legumes, vegetables and whole grains.

Weight
Your weight is extremely important when trying to conceive. If you are overweight or underweight, chances of conception decline. Before you even begin to try for a baby, get your body to an ideal weight. Keep in mind that the body suppresses fertility in women who are consistently losing weight.

Exercise
If you don’t already exercise, now is the time to start. Research shows that women who engage in at least 30 minutes of exercise three times a week have a higher chance of getting pregnant. Exercise that is too strenuous may place too much stress on the body and lower chances of conception, so try not to overdo the workouts.

Supplements
A baby in the first stages of development requires high amounts of folic acid to build a healthy central nervous system. Mothers who begin a course of folic acid supplements prior to conception are far less likely to have a baby with birth defects. Ensure the health of your baby now by including this supplement in your diet.

Smoking
If you smoke, hopefully you are planning to quit once you become pregnant. Now is the time to throw away your cigarettes. If you quit now, your body can purge the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, and you will have a much easier time conceiving.

Stress
Stress is bad news for your body and mind, but it particularly affects fertility. If you are under stress, it can even prevent ovulation. It’s time to implement stress management techniques like daily meditation or yoga to can diminish the impact on your reproductive system.

Ovulation
Trying to get pregnant can sometimes feel like science. Your fertility cycle is unique, and it is really important to chart and monitor your period in a pregnancy calendar. If you begin to do this before you try for a baby, you will have a good idea of exactly when you ovulate and how external factors affect your ovulation cycle.

Your partner
Don’t forget there are steps your man should also take to ensure his sperm are as healthy as possible. A diet high in whole foods that is good for your fertility is also good for his. If you both eat well, and stay hit, your chances of conception should increase.

Sperm must be kept at a certain temperature to be as healthy as possible. Tight, synthetic underpants can make that temperature far too high. Treat your partner to a gift of boxers in a natural, breathable fabric for healthier sperm.

In this age of technology, many men keep their mobile phones stashed in a front pocket. The small amount of radiation emitted by the phone can have a big impact on fertility. Using a laptop computer directly on the lap creates the same problem. To protect sperm, keep mobiles and laptops away from the groin.

What are your best tips for getting pregnant?

January 20, 2014

Why You Need a Pregnancy Calendar

Planning your pregnancy? Some of your friends may have mentioned a pregnancy calendar, and you’ve scoffed at them assuming it was just a trend of the week. But we’ll show you why this type of calendar really is a smart idea.

Knowing your cycle
If you’ve decided to dive head first into trying to conceive, but don’t know where you are in your cycle, then it’s time to get out your calendar and mark some dates. The first thing to do in your pregnancy calendar is note the date of your last period. If you’re not sure of the date, you will probably have to wait for your next period to ensure that you are on track. Once you know the start and end dates, you can mark those down on your calendar to get started.

Meeting with your OB-GYN
When you go to meet with your gynecologist, bring your pregnancy calendar. Although plenty of information about ovulation and conception is available on the internet, speaking with your doctor is always a better idea. By bringing your calendar, your doctor can help you to start crafting a plan toward conception, and then, your pregnancy timeline. Your doctor will be able to help you figure out when ovulation happens within your body and when the optimal time for conception might be. Then, you’ll know when to try to conceive.

Knowing your due date
Wouldn’t you like to know your due date as soon as possible? By looking at your calendar, your doctors can give you a due date. Remember, mark down the dates on which you had sex so that you can estimate when the baby was actually conceived.

Tracking the trimesters
Your doctor will tell you when your trimesters are. But there is something special about tracking this information on your own. Once you find out all of the information from your doctor, you can mark down when the second and third trimesters of pregnancy are beginning. By reading up on information and speaking with your doctor, you can also mark down the milestones that your baby is reaching by the weeks. Use your calendar to mark down changes in your body and emotions, and it will become a precious keepsake.

Creating a sense of anticipation
Having a pregnancy calendar allows you to keep track of important information and dates, but it also allows you to build up a sense of excitement. You can mark off the days until your little one arrives. You might even want to note the number of days or weeks that are left till your due date.

Did you have a pregnancy calendar? 
January 17, 2014