Are You More Fertile After A Miscarriage?
A miscarriage describes the loss of a pregnancy within the first 20 weeks of gestation.
It is the natural death of an embryo or fetus before it is able to survive independently. Miscarriages can be incredibly traumatic experiences both physically and emotionally.
Are you more fertile after a miscarriage?
Scientific evidence suggests that you may be a little more fertile for a couple weeks after a miscarriage and that after that time, your fertility levels return to normal. Many doctors agree that thee is a brief period after a miscarriage where a woman experiences increased fertility, however, this does not last very long, roughly only six weeks.
It is unclear why your fertility increases during this time during pregnancy, though if you would like to try for another baby, physically speaking, soon after a miscarriage is a good time to do so.
With that said, you may not feel emotionally ready to try for another baby directly after your miscarriage and this is completely normal. You may need some time to deal with the loss before attempting to conceive again.
Ways to increase your fertility after a miscarriage
If you find that you are in a good emotional space after your miscarriage to try and conceive again, there are a few tips to help increase your likelihood of falling pregnant again.
You need to either minimise or completely eradicate unhealthy behaviours you may have: this includes smoking, drug use or alcohol consumption. Consuming a high level of caffeine can also affect your ability to conceive so you may want to cut down on those coffees too!
Take care of your stress levels if you can. Find healthy ways to cope with stress as it can affect your fertility. Whatever works for you, be it meditation, exercise etc. Ensure that you are managing your stress levels when trying for a baby.
Follow a healthy diet that nourishes your body and provides it with a good level of vitamins and nutrients. It is possible that after a miscarriage you may be feeling depressed which can affect your eating habits. You may have lost your appetite or are bingeing to deal with the emotions. However, when aiming to conceive, you need to be watching what you eat to ensure that you are providing your body with healthy food and the right amount of it.
Take your prenatal vitamins such as folic acid as well as iron on a daily basis. And when in doubt, seek advice from your doctor.