Mention the word miscarriage and it evokes emotions most women who’ve gone through it would rather forget. It’s one of the worst brutal experiences of pregnancy. One minute you are happy, optimistic, and making plans for the future of your unborn baby and the next minute you are sad, stressed, depressed, and wondering why it had to happen to you. All your hopes and expectations vanish through thin air.
You become bitter with life, lash out your anger at people who are innocent, and feel sorry for yourself. It is, for lack of a better word, an experience you will never wish upon your worst enemy. That said, that’s not the end of it all. You can’t resign yourself to fate and give up on the hope of ever getting pregnant again. Of course, you intend to be pregnant again.
Many women do ask: How long does it take to get pregnant after miscarriage? Can you get pregnant immediately after a miscarriage? How long do you have to wait? To understand and answer the aforementioned questions, it is important to evaluate how pregnancy occurs.
Generally, a normal pregnancy occurs after fertilization and conception has taken place. Once a woman gets pregnant, her period stops. This is because her body produces human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is a pregnancy hormone a woman produces once fertilization has taken place and the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterus. One role of HCG is to suppress the pituitary gland and prevent it from producing hormones that stimulate ovulation.
This is instrumental in ensuring a woman does not get pregnant again when she has another baby developing in her uterus. After a miscarriage, production of HCG stops as it also has another important role of helping in the development of the embryo. Without HCG in the blood to suppress the pituitary glands and prevent it from producing ovulation stimulating hormones, it is now only a matter of time before ovulation starts.
However, all this will depend on the amount of HCG in a woman’s blood. If the miscarriage was not complete, it can take quite a while to eliminate HCG from blood. This is because the body might continue to release the hormone to assist in the development of the imaginary embryo. If the miscarriage was complete, it can take about 2-3 weeks for the body to get rid of HCG and about 5-6 weeks for ovulation to resume.
After ovulation resumes, a woman can conceive again. However, in case you have had severe bleeding during the miscarriage, you should avoid getting pregnant again soon. This is because once you get pregnant; the fertilized egg will attach itself to the uterus as usual. In case the uterus has not healed fully, there is always the possibility of a second and even third miscarriage.
A damaged uterus cannot hold a developing baby for nine months. A woman should ensure she seeks medical attention soon after miscarriage to ensure the miscarriage is complete within the shortest time possible. This will give her uterus time to heal before she can try to get pregnant again.
There are some physical exercises that can help a woman to have strong uterus thus preventing a miscarriage. The exercises are for strengthening the uterus and make it strong enough to carry a developing baby to full term. Moreover, there are drugs, both conventional and alternative medicines that can enable you to carry a baby to full term. However, it is commendable that if you are prone to regular miscarriages, you should use these medications in conjunction with having total bed rest during pregnancy.
In some cases, where a woman has had multiple miscarriages, some doctors stitch the womb, administer these drugs and advocate that she should have total bed rest for 6 to 9 months. Fortunately, that is only in rare cases where the woman’s womb is too weak to hold a baby for even a few months.