When to TTC again after m/c?

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When to TTC again after m/c?
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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 11:37am

I'm hoping someone here can answer my questions. I know the standard answer "everyone is different" but I'd like to know what to expect. We just had an early (about 7 1/2 weeks) m/c. I don't have symptoms of PCOS or fibroids or any chronic conditions. I did have very low progesterone, so I know that may be a concern in the future. I did not have a D & C, everything happened "naturally" and I'll have weekly bloodwork until hormones hit zero.

When is it safe to try again after an early m/c if there are no other complications? I've read lots of women get pregnant again within weeks. My OB office has a standard policy that every woman wait at least 3 months after their hormone levels hit zero before trying again. They don't take personal health or history into account, it's just a rule. I can't find any reason online for that. The info I've read online says that a women's body is ready when it ovulates. (I'm talking early m/c with no complications only, I know there are women with other struggles that change things.) I'm thinking of charting so that I can confirm ovulation and trying as soon as I feel emotionally up to this again. I had low progesterone with this pregnancy, so I'll be charting and testing as soon as we go back to having unprotected sex, that way I can get progesterone tested early next time.

With no infections or complications, are there physical reasons not to try again? I

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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 4:41pm
As I understand, the standard rule of waiting 3 cycles is more for the patient's mental health. When your homones hit the reset button and AF comes, your lining will be replaced and you'll be "at zero". I know of women who choose not to wait.
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Wed, 10-19-2011 - 6:57am
My doctor has always told me after first AF arrives with no complications medically there is no reason to wait. I thin every doctors office is different and there are just different schools of thought.
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Wed, 10-19-2011 - 4:56pm

Thanks ladies. I'm probably worrying too much, anyway. I know it can take months, even years to conceive, so I doubt it'll happen right away this time around. I can't get so lucky again. I just wanted to know what others thought.

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Wed, 10-19-2011 - 6:59pm

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Wed, 10-19-2011 - 10:07pm

My midwife suggested waiting at least until I had my first AF after my miscarriage. Her reasoning, it takes everyone a different amount of time to have their first AF, it is usually 4-6 weeks, but she wouldn't be concerned if it took up to 4 months. If you get pregnant during that first cycle, you don't know when you got pregnant, it makes dating the pregnancy more difficult, and if you do take longer to start your AF you may think you are pregnant and then go through the heartache of not being pregnant, or thinking you had another miscarriage. She also said she likes to give the uterus a little time to heal and get back to where it is supposed to be before you get pregnant. Though she also suggested waiting until I was emotionally ready, which is "different for everyone".

I read multiple studies (sorry, can't quote the references) on this subject, and there seems to be a large amount of controversy on the topic, there are those at the extreme end who think that after any pregnancy your body needs two years to heal (WTH?), and many who believe less time is necessary. I read several that indicated getting pregnant within the first 6 months of a miscarriage actually resulted in a better outcome for mother and baby then waiting longer.

So as far as physiologically I don't think that it really matters, if your ovulating, your body is saying it's ready. As long as your heart is too.

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Sun, 10-23-2011 - 1:07pm
Good luck with TTC!! There is really no reason to wait once you've gotten AF, so happy BDing to you and your DH. :)

 


 


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